Steve Andresen is currently finishing his BFA at St. Ambrose University. A commander of oil paint and other mixed media, Steve’s most recent body of work is full of movement, energy, and a small amount of a most beautiful chaos. Steve’s work will be featured in the group show ‘Figuratively Speaking’ debuting at the Phoenix Gallery in Moline on August 24th.
[SP]*: How long have you been an artist?
Steve: I guess I’ve been seriously drawing since I was 11 and my math teacher took away my sketch book to keep me from drawing in class.
[SP]*: What’s your current adventure?
Steve: I just came off of a a long adventure exploring garage bands, underground music and living that lifestyle. I guess I’m still trailing on that, but I’ve been trying to get more a more personal with my work. I’m currently starting to explore organized religion and what that all means to me nowadays.
[SP]*: Where do your ideas come from?
Steve: My life, things I like and how I see them.
[SP]*: Tell us about your workspace and your creative process.
Steve: I like to draw and paint what I see; the end result is never photorealism, but being able to transpose something onto canvas, paper, or any other form is where it’s at for me.
It’s always a pleasure to have a large space that’s all your own where you can spread your paints out and do whatever the hell you please, unfortunately I don’t have that right now. Currently I have a desk where I can draw, but more recently I’ve been drawing on a tablet more.
[SP]*: How do you recharge when your creativity hits a wall?
Steve: Switch medium if I can, but that doesn’t always work. I guess I try to get away mentally, staying in the space and around what ever I’m working on is key for me. I’ll usually just browse the internet, take a look at another artist, or ask someone their opinion.
[SP]*: What super power could you have and why?
Steve: The power to summon oranges and beer. Awesome.
[SP]*: What is your dream job?
Steve: I’d love to just paint, draw, and teach all day of course, but recently I’ve been wondering about being a house painter. I’d take my giant bucket of paint, blare some Sublime and paint someone’s walls.
[SP]*: What’s one item you couldn’t live without?
Steve: Something to listen to music on, doesn’t matter what it is but I NEED something to play music for me.
More of steve’s work can be seen here.
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