Art is my means of communicating in a way that I find difficult to do with words. I construct my paintings with multiple layers of color and mediums that are then washed, glazed or scumbled over a textured surface using brushes, palette knives, trowels and other tools. This texture creates a unique finish to the painting, one that can both be seen and felt. I find that working in the abstract form is extremely liberating as there are no rules or agendas. It offers a great freedom and the result of this allows me to tell the story or make an observation my way. This often leads to a painting that is more about an emotional response to what I see, hear or feel rather than an actual subject or thing.
About the Artist:
Steven Long is a painter that was born and raised in the Midwest and has been creating art on and off for the past 60 years. He spent many hours as a young boy perusing modern art magazines. Although he has a great appreciation for the many different disciplines of painting, he quickly realized his true passion was for the abstract view of things. The sum of his art education is self taught and a result of many hours spent painting and experimenting with different techniques and ways to apply paint. Steven began painting with watercolors and recently switched to acrylic based paints due to his curiosity about the medium, the ability to create larger pieces and the desire to add texture to the work. All of his work is created while listening to music and he believes that the music stimulates his creative juices and often creates a mood or an emotion that flows onto the paper or canvas.
Steven moved to Southern California in 2002. In 2011 he retired from his professional life as an executive with Union Pacific Railroad and decided he wanted to become a full time artist. This was always his dream as a young man and now has become a reality. Steven has shown his work at many galleries and museums in Southern California and his work is part of several private collections.