Steve Dodge, Oils

“Except for raising a family, painting is the most rewarding thing I have ever done. I find it
extremely difficult to make a statement that summarizes why I paint, but all I know is that
whenever I paint, everything else stops, & I lose myself in the painting process. I want
people who see my work to somehow share in that feeling.”
Some may find this strange, but I actually try not to refer to myself as an “artist” because
when I look at the master painters of yesterday, as well as modern masters, I have a very
long way to go to earn the title of “artist”. I hope to always strive to achieve that status,
but until then I will be just a “painter” who is trying to be the best he can be.
My informal art training began years ago when my Dad would take me out to sketch in
northern Indiana. Those early times instilled in me a love for painting & nature. Painting
was put on the back burner while I pursued a formal education in graphic design &
illustration in Colorado. After four decades of creating award winning communications for
a variety of business sectors, I concluded that it was time to return to my roots in painting.
Today my work is in collections from Maine to Colorado & has been shown, sold, &
garnered awards in competitive exhibitions: Indiana, Colorado, Texas & California.
As part of my continuing education, I look at a lot of paintings & I would have to say that I
am influenced somehow by just about everything I see. Some of it is positive & some of it
is negative, but all of it helps me to define my direction.
I invite you to join me in the journey.

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