Steven Prewitt
Boone, North Carolina

To Steven Prewitt, the paint, the canvas, the pencil, the charcoal, the chalk, and the collage all contribute to the "life'' of a picture. His artistic process is full of different stages, including sketching, painting small pieces, and then painting larger pieces. His painting style is akin to Jackson Pollock's action painting, and he frequently moves, dances, smiles, laughs, sings, and prays while painting.

Artist and Customer Comments

Steven Prewitt 12/5/2016 | 9:22 PM

Several months later, and lots and lots of time, effort, work, thought, expense... the studio is a working space! It is wonderful and better than dreamed! TONS of space, its approx 1000 square feet per floor. The bottom level is the garage/car park and wood/building/workshop area. The second floor is enough space for 6 - 10 visiting artists to spread out, work, collaborate, fellowship. Plenty of wall space and good lighting makes a gallery - like atmosphere. If you have seen pictures of Willem DeKooning's studio, that was my inspiration... though mine is smaller, its a wonderful, quiet work-space in the woods of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Deer, wild turkey, squirrels, crows, and every few years a couple black bears have been seen in my woods. Perfect.

Steven Prewitt 3/9/2016 | 9:45 AM

Building my own studio, from the ground up! I broke ground just before Thanksgiving 2015. 3 - plus months later I am due for an inspection today before I can pour foundation footers (or footin's as they say around here in the N.C. Blue Ridge Mountains). Massive rocks excavated, overwhelming amounts of dirt moved, every utility coming into my house being damaged or moved... having already rented 2 different track hoes, 2 jack hammers, and a back hoe, its been an odyssey of work and learning. I'm hoping for good news today. It should get easier from here.

Steven Prewitt 1/13/2016 | 9:51 AM

Thank you, N Bell. It warms my heart and makes me smile to know my paintings bring you joy.

Steven Prewitt 1/13/2016 | 9:49 AM

Thank you, N Bell. It warms my heart and makes me smile to know my paintings bring you joy.

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N Bell purchased this artwork. 12/24/2015 | 9:22 AM

Beautiful and makes me smile everytime I look at it.

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N Bell purchased this artwork. 12/24/2015 | 9:21 AM

Love my beautiful artwork. Can't wait to frame and hang it!

Steven Prewitt 1/29/2015 | 12:34 AM

"A work of Art goes through many phases of development, but in each phase it is always a work of art. Therein lies the importance of sketches." Hans Hoffman

Steven Prewitt 1/26/2015 | 7:02 PM

I worked on several paintings last week. I've been inspired by Matisse's line drawing, design and colors. Johns fast, encaustic brushwork. Kandinsky's dance and abstraction. I will add images soon!

Steven Prewitt 12/17/2014 | 12:22 AM

In NYC with my family... Dream realized and goal met. My App State daughter become a student member of MOMA. We saw Matisse Cutouts, Cezanne, Pollack, Picasso, Johns, Kandinsky etc. we've seen The Rockettes and Wicked.... Taken @ 500 pictures! Can't wait to use them for Abstract painting inspiration. Full day tomorrow @ 911 Memorial, Battery Park, ABC Carpet, Union Square Cafe, several galleries & supply stores along the way. :)

Abstract Figure Studio VIII

Acrylic painting on wood
Signed on front and back

12" h x 9" w x .75" d
1 lbs. 0 oz.


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My Abstract Figure Studio series begins at a monthly open studio held at a nearby university. I take several canvases and papers and quickly get a gesture drawing down. "Abstract Figure Studio VIII" began as a conte crayon drawing. Back in my studio, I added acrylic paint in fast, expressive colors and brushwork, consciously obliterating details and adding layers of abstraction. "Abstract Studio VIII" has 2-3 coats of acrylic gloss varnish for protection. The painting is on a cradled wood panel with finished edges. It comes ready to hang.

Acrylic painting

Acrylic paint was made commercially available in the 1950’s. Acrylic is a fast drying paint that can be diluted with water, but becomes water-resistant when dry. Acrylics can be applied in thin layers and washes to resemble watercolor paints, or they can be applied in thick layers, built up for texture. The main difference between oil and acrylic paint is the drying time. Oil dries slowly, allowing more time to blend colors and apply glazes. Artists who use acrylic paints typically work faster than those who use oils. Additionally, acrylics offer more versatility and are often used for mixed media work. Artists can mix different materials into the paint, such as sand or rice. They can also apply other media on top of the dried acrylic, such as pastel or pen.


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