Almost fifteen years ago, after years of painting representational landscapes, I felt a push to experiment. I picked up my palette knife and started spreading paint on the canvas. I had no plan; however, my love of nature and landscape subconsciously impacted my direction. My process often begins at the top of the canvas, where I apply paint as areas of color. As I work my way down the canvas, I get a feel from the developing composition. The direction is not always obvious, so I’ll continue to layer paint, using color and shape to resolve the composition. Abstract, or somewhat more recognizable, the ultimate interpretation is up the viewer.
Through my continued experimentation, two alternative styles have evolved. They find their roots from my years of doodling through innumerable meetings in my corporate life. I’ve expanded those doodles, drawing upon color and line to create an exciting organic flow. Each of these paintings represents a season, expressed through the color palette I choose.
The second of these experimentations are composed of geometric shapes that appear to expand the dimensions of the canvas and fool the eye. Elements jump off the canvas, while others settle into the background. I sometimes play with focus to give the illusion of movement.
Artist Biography - Stephen R. Silver
Steve, a native of New York, graduated from Carnegie Mellon University. He has studied at the Museum of Fine Arts School in Boston and has been a student of master artist Tom Ouellette. Steve’s work can be seen in galleries, has been in numerous shows and is in many private collections. It can also be viewed at his studio, located at 450 Harrison Ave. in SOWA, a major artist’s community in Boston.
Steve is the founder of the SOWA Artists Guild, an association of over 90 artists. The Guild sponsors First Friday and Open Sunday events every month at 450 Harrison Ave. in Boston. A lifelong artist, Steve was able to devote full time to his painting after a successful business career in which he was CEO of several high-tech companies.