Steve Penberthy

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Industry Arts
Occupation Watermedia Artist
Location St. Louis
Introduction I make art because I love the feel of creating, the simultaneous excitement and calm it bestows, and because I am being true to this curiously wonderful ability, in whatever measure, that was given me. I begin a work by creating a few thumbnail sketches to familiarize myself with the scene and to work out values and compositional possibilities. I create a sketch in pencil or ink and then start laying down some fresh artist-quality pigment. I use Holbein, Daniel Smith, Winsor & Newton, and Maimeri Blu artist-quality paints. I prefer to use brushes that are a sable/synthetic blend; Winsor Newton’s Sceptre Gold II is my favorite line. I often work from photographs; however, I greatly enjoy plein air work as well. Artists who have influenced me include Danny Gregory, Anne Elsworth, David R. Becker, Joseph Stoddard, Tom Lynch, Charles Reid, and Cathy (Kate) Johnson. My current work is typified by landscapes, my favorite subject; I’m drawn to all landscapes, but especially to mountains and pastoral scenes of rolling hills. I’ve recently been exploring the portrait and the figure. I participate in a local life-drawing group to keep my observational skills sharp.