Steve’s resume of accomplishments and awards is lengthy and his artist statement reads as follows: “The work is a statement of my identity; it is a by-product of my sensitivity of a certain time and space. In my work I deal with realities, these are of my own choice and are never one, or exist alone. Some qualities strove for are concept, vitality and variability of visual focus. My vision is not generalized by deals with my concepts and experiences. The work reflects these, but with the promise-always the promise. Making art is the justification for my being. For whom do I make it? For those who approach it for a process of sensitivity and personal growth.”
The only thing left to say is:
“Thank You Steve – we will miss you!”
Personal Note: Sometimes through this journey you will run across people who may strike you as different, perhaps even outside your circle of understanding. I have grown to admire and challenge myself at times to understand such individuals. My artistic efforts began a longtime ago but it was in the recent years that I began to understand the value, constraints and purpose of what Art is meant to become through the mentoring of Steve Perucca. He was my mentor and friend, he changed my life. His harsh words of instruction and guidance are a staple of my efforts. I will always, without reservation, flip my paintings upside down to find the hidden story...