Steve Whitney is primarily a landscape painter but also enjoys painting portraits, figurative work and still life. He considers himself a painterly realist with impressionist tendencies. His primary medium is oil, but he also works in acrylic, and less frequently in watercolor. Steve has had paintings in all three media accepted into local, regional and national juried shows, including: Oil Painters of America's national and regional exhibitions, the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society's national exhibition, the Louisiana Watercolor Society's national exhibition, and the Northwest Watercolor Society's Open Exhibition.
As a published artist, Steve collaborated with Eric Wiegardt on a series of articles on painting for International Artist Magazine and wrote several articles for American Artist. He is the author and illustrator of A Field Guide to the Cascades and Olympics and also A Field Guide to the Grand Canyon, among other titles on natural history.
Although Steve is a representational painter, he respects and enjoys abstract and conceptual works for their originality and courage. He rejects attempts to separate these three different modes of expression, arguing that all are essential parts of the visual language humans use to experience and express their response to the world. All three traditions can be traced back to the beginnings of visual expression and are likely to continue side by side for as long as humans exist.
Steve is a signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society. He is also past president of the Eastside Association of Fine Arts, and a member of Plein Air Painters of Washington, the Puget Sound Group of Northwest Painters, and Oil Painters of America.
At our April meeting, Steve's subject will be plein air painting. He believes people confronting plein air painting for the first time are typically overwhelmed by the immensity of the scene before them - 360 degrees of possibility. He will talk about where to start, how to reduce the immensity into a painting and how to begin. He will also talk about the joys of plein air painting, its usefulness for all artists and ways to approach the experience so as not to overwhelm.
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