Steve Hrehovcik, Kennebunk Member Since September 2010 Artist Statement Steve remembers the first real picture he drew - a jalopy at age seven. As he filled the blank page with the bent fenders, torn convertible top and steam erupting from the radiator cap he began an artist’s journey that continues to this day.
Creating the cartoon of “The Tennis Clinic” has become a highlight of that journey.
Mostly self taught, Steve looks for creative ways to express the drama and beauty he sees around him. While his current focus is drawing and teaching cartoons, he also enjoys Pen & Ink drawings of homes and businesses working in acrylics, pencil and colored markers.
In addition to cartooning and caricatures, his subjects include architectural drawings, portraits, equestrian and pet art, and scenic views. While working in advertising and industrial design he widened his expertise to include computer graphics.
Steve studied art and design while a theater major at Rutgers University, the University of Miami and Catholic University. Many of his designs found expression as theatrical costumes and sets, which he also built.
He continued his art education at the Maine College of Art and the Heartwood College of Art. On trips, rather than using a camera, he prefers to capture the memories on a sketch pad.
Important visual influences in Steve’s art embrace the fluid lines of Hirschfeld’s Broadway caricatures, the freedom of the Impressionists, the architectural daring of Frank Lloyd Wright, the storytelling fun of Norman Rockwell, the romantic danger of Howard Pyle, and the glamorous spectacle of the old MGM musicals.
You can see more of Steve’s work on his website: www.KennebunkArtStudio.com.