Artist of the Month - Steve Schanback
This month's featured art display is brought to you by local artist Steve Schanback. With a focus on landscapes and portraits, his paintings capture the depth of nature and the human spirit.
In Steve's own words, he says:
"My art reflects my attempts to capture the beauty and truth I see and feel. I'm drawn to painting people, experimenting with color when doing so. While representing the human form is my first passion as an artist, I'm not a portraitist.
Now living in the country, I've begun to notice the land, sky, water, and human structures in ways that I didn't when living in cities. This has led me to represent non-human subjects for the first time. Who knows what may come next.
In my mid-40s, our youngest son Ethan talked me into taking a beginning drawing class with him. While I liked the class, I did nothing further until my mid-50s when I did a handful of drawing, pastel, and acrylic classes with Terry Furchgott at the Gabe Academy of Fine Art in Seattle. Then nothing for the next dozen years. In my mid-60s, thanks to the strong encouragement of our Tai Chi teacher Roger Mussell, I slowly began to paint. But still lacking confidence that my work was "good enough," I seldom let others see it.
In the spring of 2015, Marcie Stoyke, then owner of The Amazing Grace Bakery in Duluth, MN insisted that I exhibit my work there. I've been painting semi-regularly since then, and in January 2016, I joined the ArtZ Gallery Cooperative in Amery, WI, where I exhibit year round.
I've also been encouraged and helped along the way by Minneapolis artists Sally Brown and Sally Nystrom, and Marine on the St. Croix artist Mary Jo Van Dell. I still have much to learn; which is a good thing, don't you think? The shortcomings in my work are the result of my craft not the teaching and modeling of others.
I am most thankful for my wife Cheryl and our sons, their spouses and kids, our extended family, and for friends who believed there was an artist in me before I did.
Thank you for looking."
- Steve Schanback