Steve Penberthy, St. Louis Member Since October 2009 Artist Statement Visit me on the web at http://www.stevepenberthy.com
I feel most like the real me when I’m drawing or painting. I do art because I love the feel of creating, the simultaneous excitement and calm it bestows, and because I am being true to this curiously wonderful ability, in whatever measure, that was given me. My goal is to someday instruct others in watercolor by writing books and conducting workshops.
I often work from photographs; however, I greatly enjoy plein air work as well. Artists who have influenced me include Danny Gregory, Anne Elsworth, David R. Becker, Joseph Stoddard, Tom Lynch, Charles Reid, and Cathy (Kate) Johnson.
My current work is typified by landscapes, my favorite subject; I’m drawn to all landscapes, but especially to mountains and pastoral scenes of rolling hills. I’ve recently been exploring the portrait and the figure; I participate in a local life-drawing group to develop my skills. I constantly struggle to loosen up my work, and am putting more emphasis on value: getting more light into the painting, balancing values, and composing based on value.