Saginaw Charter Township Art in Public Places is proud to present Steven Parkhurst of Midland, MI as the Artist of the Month for February.
I have been interested in the visual arts from an early age and always dreamed of the artistic life. All through my professional career I practiced drawing, photography and dabbled in multi-media collage. After retirement I re-energized my creative talents taking classes at The Midland Center for the Arts, later joining the faculty, teaching ceramics and beginning drawing. Through many years of both facilitated instruction and self-learning I have focused on the medium of oil painting to be my primary tool of expression, however I still explore and experiment in photography and multi-media.
I paint abstract landscapes/cityscapes and industrial interpretations. I am inspired by shapes and the colors of our surroundings and the interactions of those shapes and colors. I often de-construct my subject matter to its constituent elements allowing the viewer to ‘make their mind up’ when interacting with my paintings. My subject matter evolves along with my technique, but certain themes keep emerging. These themes: the smallness of the individual when compared to industrial scale construction and the immensity of Nature reoccur in my paintings. The absence of people in the built environment and nature by itself, speaks to our great responsibilities of being caretakers of our environment, our surroundings. We are defined by our constructions and nature, yet they seem to stand alone without us.
Steven's exhibit will be shown at the Saginaw Charter Township Hall, 4980 Shattuck Road, Saginaw, Michigan, during business hours Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 p.m., now through February 25th. The Township offices will be closed on February 17th.