I don't like to over-think the subjects of my work. There is no narrative. With every work, I paint what will keep me engaged in the aesthetic problems that I have set up for myself. I have a deep seated emotional and physical relationship with nature—trees and rocks keep me engaged. Trees with their burls, tangly roots, lanky branches, and powerful trunks—and rocks with their scaly features, lichen growths, fractal builds and strong matter. Having grown up in Maine, its magnificent trees and craggy coast are indelibly printed on my mind's eye.
In these recent small-scale works, I am exploring the paint medium within representational landscapes that engage first at a distance and then intimately. At a macro level the rich impasto is an abstract and complex interweave of color and textures, while at a distance these details flatten out and forms become familiar and the landscapes more in focus. I am particularly attracted to individual details or moments within a landscape that for me, define the space, e.g. a particular knobby growth on a tree, an errant rock, or even a particular color.
I studied painting at The Hartford Art School with the esteemed painters, Alfred Leslie, George McNeil and Stephen Brown. While there, I received the Alexander A. Goldfarb Endowment Trust award for excellence in painting.
In addition to being a fine artist, for the last twenty years, I have been an art and antiques dealer, under Steven S. Powers Works of Art & Americana, specializing in Native American/Woodlands sculpture, American folk art sculpture and paintings, American & English antiques, treen and snuffboxes.
I have published several articles and am the author of the two books: NORTH AMERICAN BURL TREEN: COLONIAL & NATIVE AMERICAN, and the Woodlands volume of, ART OF THE SPIRIT WORLD: THE STEVEN MICHAAN COLLECTION.