Steven Stutz started painting in Seattle in 1996. Standing in Front of Picasso's "Guernica", he was moved in a way that he had never experienced before. "Somehow, I just understood abstract art, in that moment, and knew I wanted to make it," said Steven. Starting in the living room of his Seattle home he began working with oils and exploring their qualities. He quickly realized his whole life had been training him to be an artist. His father owned a manufacturing company and he had grown up working in it. He had already gained working knowledge of materials and tools that most people would have to pay money to take classes and learn. After speaking with his Father, he moved to Indiana where he set up studio in his father's manufacturing plant. The natural detail and brilliant colors achieved by the mixing of the automotive paints is the early inspiration for his love of brilliant color and texture. He began working in large dimensions with a series of abstract self-portraits. Working late and into the early morning, these self-portraits express a darker emotion, earning the series a title, "Light vs Darkness"
After the "Light vs Darkness" series, Steven gave his life to Jesus. That decision marks a change in the emotional explorations of his art. Steven's next series, "Light vs Dark", combines symbols and phrases in an experiment to show how this collage affects the psyche. It is also an experiment with layers of color that fool the naked eye. Through this challenge, Steven learned a lot about color theory and personal likes and dislikes of color combinations.
With a long time fascination of the colors and over the top stark images of the circus, Steven was inspired to do the "Circus Series". "To me, the circus is one of the most beautiful and intriguing artistic venues, everything is bold and committed to its essence," said Steven. "Circus Series" is a bold, black and white ink series on paper in which, the laws of gravity of the compositions are improbable, if not impossible and the symbols are there to trigger the psyche's hidden associations.
Inspired by images of mixed media and the promise of endless possibility, Steven began a series entitled "Inspiring Moments." The flagship piece was accepted into "The Art Prize" competition in Grand Rapids Michigan. "Inspiring Moments" explores the visual effects of fire on newspaper as backdrop to the images created in a painterly fashion mixed with collage patterns and jeweled accents. Psychologically it explores a moment in time with the larger composition of the images created as well as commenting on newsworthy events of the time and era through the coverage of burned newspaper.
Steven currently lives in Indiana, creating abstract images as a mixed media artist. Working in series format, he creates 15 to 20 pieces in a series in order to fully explore the subject of interest while creating a cohesive group of work that is so important to a good gallery showing.