Artist of the Week 49
Quiet, easygoing, nature enthusiast, Steve Gerhartz began painting in the mid 1980’s when he was a high school student. At the age of 14, his first landscape painting experience took place during a November snow storm with his brother, Dan. The experience was invigorating and it became the starting point to Steve’s passion for painting outdoors.
Upon completion of high school, Steve attended the Lyme Academy in Old Lyme, Connecticut. Living in Connecticut during his formal training allowed him to visit the museums of early American and European impressionists in Massachusetts and New York. The John Stobart Outdoor Painting Fellowship was awarded to him the year following his training at the Academy.
Much of his inspiration comes from the beautiful light quality of the different times of day and the changing seasons. “Painting outside has been a great experience, I am constantly learning from nature and understanding what happens in certain lighting conditions. I paint on location in all sizes; even very large paintings are started outside. There is nothing quite as emotional for me as working on a large painting outdoors, trying to capture all that form and space into a painting.”
Being outdoors allows Steve the opportunity to reflect on life. “Paintings bring life and the beauty of nature into people’s homes, granting people the opportunity to escape into a place they may not have the chance to see, allowing for reflection, growth, and understanding.”
Contact Lily Pad Gallery West for information on pricing and to view additional works by Steve Gerhartz.