Artist Statement

Steve McMillen - Fine Artist

Nature and popular culture are the primary inspirations for my art. These influences direct the subject matter and mediums I employ, resulting in representational or abstracted landscapes - or of painted collages. 

The play of light and innumerable nuances of color in nature fascinate me. I may begin an abstract painting with a few marks on the canvas and use my artistic knowledge and intuition to take the work in an intended direction. Representational work – with its apparent subject matter - still characterizes my desire to be expressive and permit the work to speak to me as it is developed.

Collage paintings begin as paper or mixed media compositions – often as small as two or three inches in dimension. I reference these models in the creation of to-scale reproductions on large canvases by using hard edge painting techniques. As with any art, my work is meant to provoke an emotional response based on the viewer’s own filters and interpretation. Abstract Expressionism, Color Field and Pop Art continue to be primary influences in my work.