Steve Metzger, Fullerton,CA Member Since May 2011 Artist Statement STEVE METZGER BIOGRAPHY of my life in art I was born in Duluth Minnesota to parents who met at the Kansas City Art Institute. My Mother was there on a scholarship in sculpture and my Dad was studying commercial art on the GI bill. I grew up with art, began playing upright bass at the age of 10, and started painting the summer after my sophomore year in High School. I worked as a musician after attending Fullerton College ( then it was Fullerton Junior College), and later while I attended Cal State Fullerton, studying art. After graduating with an MFA in 1986, I began teaching and working as an artist / musician/ teacher. I have been fortunate to have lived my life as an artist involved in music, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, painting and occasional excursions into other art forms. Primarily, I consider myself to be a musician-painter-explorer who could become more of a sculptor if the opportunity presents itself again. I have been fortunate to have completed four public sculptures. After a lengthy interest in non-objective "abstract" art, I began simply doing paintings of things that interested me. I take a lot of digital photos, look through them, and select the images I paint. At ﬁrst, I painted things around me, usually abandoned buildings or landscapes, then traditional still-life, cars, and the open road. The ﬂoral paintings began a few years ago. I like the colors, and the abstract qualities of the forms. I prefer to paint them, oversized, in full bloom, with no bugs, or any intentional symbolic associations. I suppose that experimentation and formalism is still the goal in this work. To me, the picture doesn't matter as much as the process of painting it. Exhibiting and selling doesn't interest me much either. If I could, I would just spend my days painting and writing music. I would just store my work for someone else to decide what to do with it someday. I suppose I have an anti-career attitude, and a distrust of the conventional notion of "success" . I enjoy going to galleries and art museums, but don't put too much energy into being accepted by the "art world" or the "music industry " . I believe it is a mistake to assume that "success" is about those concerns. My advice to any artist or musician, who is interested in what I think, would be to follow your own path and don't rely on the acceptance of others. Keep the energy and the love that you had the ﬁrst time you made a painting or wrote a song. Creativity and freedom of expression is there for anyone willing to try. The blank canvas is the last frontier and music is just a sound in the air. I currently live with my wife, Jamie, in Fullerton, Ca. and try to paint everyday.