Sausalito - Artist Steve Emery

Steve Emery San Anselmo Landscape & Abstract Artist


Steve Emery is a 57 year old Marin native who draws his inspiration from the trails of Marin and the High Sierra.
I have been drawing and painting professionally for 32 years and show my work in community art festivals, group shows and open studios as a way of meeting those who appreciate the work.

Currently, I carry a camera when I go running, or exploring, and come back to my studio to produce paintings from these photos. While out on the trails, I seek the season changing events, the spectacular, the ethereal, the curve of trail, or shoreline, the sensuous. Some art works are from my body of work which I refer to as "intimate portraits of landscape".

My prints are reproduced from acrylic paintings on watercolor paper. They are slightly enlarged, to show the texture of my techniques, and to differentiate them from the originals.

Below is a description of my technique:

I work in acrylic paint on paper along two distinct paths, landscape work & a lyrical body of work. I work on each side by side, and each contribute to the other in many ways. 
In my landscape work, the uniqueness of wilderness enters through the many trail miles I cover, taking in the change of season, light, sounds & smells of places I have grown to love. Whether in the High Sierra, or Marin, I focus on the intimate, and take photos to work on back in my studio. These "intimate portraits of landscape" are begun with very transparent composition and work toward the brighter, darker in many transparent layers. In the early stages, much can still change, and when forms seem rightly placed in space, they progress to completion. The light whites & brighter colors in these pieces use the white of the paper as the source of light.

In the body of work I refer to as lyrical, I do not know where they will go, just how they will begin. They start with a line that begs letting loose, a sweeping, elegant line, a curve, a wave. From there, I enjoy the many journeys, trying color, depth, imagery, listening to different music along the way. They are paintings where time becomes an element, as dance to music, as lyric to tune, pieces of the painting itself remain as history.

Eventually some form emerges and I work the rest to support this element, seeking justification for its existence with many questions.  Often, this can no longer hold up, but the rest of the painting has come alive. This is often a difficult but essential part of the process, painting out that which has no more importance. Bits and pieces of each of these journeys remain, as bright spots, movement, mystery. 

The pieces are complete when the conversation has ended. When the various elements in their painted environment make sense of this long conversation. When it has become not just a painting, but something that connects me with the long tradition of art. 


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