Artistic Regeneration Series

Acrylic Still Lifes

artwork associated with deterioration

[img src=http://www.stevewilda.com/wp-content/flagallery/artistic-regeneration/thumbs/thumbs_lost-soulwebsize.jpg]380Lost Soul, South of France, 1917, 23.5" X 30"
[img src=http://www.stevewilda.com/wp-content/flagallery/artistic-regeneration/thumbs/thumbs_final-catchwebsize.jpg]340Final Catch, 11.75" X 26.5"
[img src=http://www.stevewilda.com/wp-content/flagallery/artistic-regeneration/thumbs/thumbs_thechosenone-copy.jpg]780The Chosen One, 15" X 21"
Elizabeth Erlanger Award 2016
[img src=http://www.stevewilda.com/wp-content/flagallery/artistic-regeneration/thumbs/thumbs_coffeebrkweb.png]1310Coffee Break, 24" x 17"
Acrylicworks 1, North Light Books, 2014<br />Awards<br />Academic Artists Assn., Springfield, MA (2012)-Oils Honor Award<br />National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic (2012)-Judy & Elias Newman Memorial Award<br /><br />© Steve Wilda
[img src=http://www.stevewilda.com/wp-content/flagallery/artistic-regeneration/thumbs/thumbs_dearly-departed-w.jpg]1150Dearly Departed, 19" x 29"
Awards<br />Academic Artists, Assoc. 2015, Helen G. Prince Memorial Award<br />Bold Brush, finalist 2015<br />Artist Magazine, finalist 2015<br />NSPCA, NYC Mark Freeman Memorial Award 2015<br />National Assoc of Painters in Caesin and Acrylic, 2015, Mark Freeman Memorial Award<br />Artists Magazine, 2015 Finalist<br />© steve wilda
[img src=http://www.stevewilda.com/wp-content/flagallery/artistic-regeneration/thumbs/thumbs_honed-to-im-w.jpg]990Honed to Imperfection, 10" x 15"
© steve wilda
[img src=http://www.stevewilda.com/wp-content/flagallery/artistic-regeneration/thumbs/thumbs_thelastsupper_sm.jpg]1180The Last Supper, 36" x 24"
[img src=http://www.stevewilda.com/wp-content/flagallery/artistic-regeneration/thumbs/thumbs_awaiting-redemption2.jpg]1070Awaiting Redemption, 21" x 31"
Acrylicworks 2, North Light Books, 2015<br />Awards<br />International Society of Acrylic Painters, honorable mention 2015<br />Raymar, finalist 2015<br />Salmagundi Painting, NYC, NSPCA Award 2014<br />Art Renewal Center, honorable mention 2014<br />Academic Artists Association, best in show 2013<br />NSPCA, NYC, Gerry Lenfest Award 2013<br />© steve wilda
[img src=http://www.stevewilda.com/wp-content/flagallery/artistic-regeneration/thumbs/thumbs_stevewilda.png]1410Lemon Drops, 19" x 29"
My first acrylic painting in many years, this is an image in contrast from the rustic past to the 'still-life' present. <br />Awards-<br />Wethersfield Academy of Arts, CT Best in show 2015<br />Academic Artists Assn., Springfield, MA (2011)-Oils Honor Award<br />National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic (2011)-Robert Sanstrom Prize, Best in Show<br />Salmagundi Painting Show, NYC NSPCA Award 2011<br />© steve wilda
[img src=http://www.stevewilda.com/wp-content/flagallery/artistic-regeneration/thumbs/thumbs_when_we.png]1020"...when we get a little older..." 16" x 10.25"
Acrylicworks 3, North Light Books, 2016<br />© steve wilda

Steve Wilda color

[img src=http://www.stevewilda.com/wp-content/flagallery/steve-wilda-color/thumbs/thumbs_white-feathered.jpg]3870White Feathered, original size 21 x 12
This group of house sparrows, scattering away from the leusistic (near albino) sparrow demonstrates cowardice, the definition of white feathered. A scant few seconds was this rarity in view, it quickly bathed and then vanished. The Audubon Society in Boston was aware of this local celebrity in Northampton, Mass. The painting was composed from two sparrows, as the group on the left was arranged from a single bird in various positions of flight. <br />Awards-<br />Artist’s Magazine (2003)-Finalist<br />Allied Artists of America, NYC (2005)-Florence & Ernest Thorne Thompson Memorial Award<br />Birds in Art-Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI (2004)-International Juried Exhibition<br />American Artists Professional League, NYC (2009)-Newington Award, Best in Show Painting<br />Salmagundi Non Member Painting Exhibition, NYC (2010)-President’s Award<br />Giclee print of this oil painting available. Contact artist at swilda@acad.umass.edu<br /><br />© steve wilda
[img src=http://www.stevewilda.com/wp-content/flagallery/steve-wilda-color/thumbs/thumbs_sanctuary.jpg]3450Sanctuary, original size 8.5 x 10
Wisdom and peaceful tranquility are revealed in this Eastern Cottontail portrait. I admire the many almond shaped features. <br />Awards-<br />Allied Artists of America, NYC (2010)-David Wu & Elsie Jeck-Key Memorial Award<br />Publication-<br />Splash 12 (North Light Books) watercolor painting featured (2011)<br /><br />Giclee print of this watercolor painting is available. Contact artist at swilda@acad.umass.edu<br /><br />© steve wilda
[img src=http://www.stevewilda.com/wp-content/flagallery/steve-wilda-color/thumbs/thumbs_this-side-of-town.jpg]3410This Side of Town, original size 16 x 12
The angles of the town line sign, slicing across the paper, form an abstract-like quality to the composition. There is a fine line between commercial and fine art for me, as for years I hand-lettered signs. This is a rare, color approach to the deteriorating, weathered subjects that I’m always drawn to, and one of the few watercolors I’ve painted in recent years. <br />Awards-<br />Academic Artists Assn., Springfield, MA (2008)-Rtistx Award<br />Publication-<br />Splash 11 (North Light Books)-watercolor painting featured (2010)<br /><br />Giclee print of this watercolor painting is available. Contact artist at swilda@acad.umass.edu<br /><br />© steve wilda
[img src=http://www.stevewilda.com/wp-content/flagallery/steve-wilda-color/thumbs/thumbs_emily11.png]2520Emily, original size 32 x 48
I created a series of poet portraits that were used in a video documentary series titled "Poets of New England" for the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Programs were aired on PBS station WGBY in Springfield, Mass. Each painting was used as a back drop for the narrator and also the DVD box art for the cover. <br /><br />Giclee print of this acrylic painting available. Contact artist at swilda@acad.umass.edu<br /><br />© steve wilda
[img src=http://www.stevewilda.com/wp-content/flagallery/steve-wilda-color/thumbs/thumbs_released.png]2350Released, original size 13 x 14
Color rendition of the graphite drawing "Release."<br /><br />Giclee print of this watercolor painting is available. Contact artist at swilda@acad.umass.edu<br /><br /><br />© steve wilda
[img src=http://www.stevewilda.com/wp-content/flagallery/steve-wilda-color/thumbs/thumbs_vacancy_0.png]2760Vacancy, original size 16 x 13
This mailbox was located in mid-state New York, and appeared to be still used. The question is: is the house sparrow moving in or out?<br /><br />Giclee print of this watercolor is available. Contact artist at swilda@acad.umass.edu<br /><br />© steve wilda<br />

Steve Wilda graphite

[img src=http://www.stevewilda.com/wp-content/flagallery/steve-wilda-graphite/thumbs/thumbs_missing-her.jpg]1660Missing Her, original size 15 x 9
International Artists Magazine, 2003<br />Strokes of Genus 6, North Light Books 2014
[img src=http://www.stevewilda.com/wp-content/flagallery/steve-wilda-graphite/thumbs/thumbs_past-the-destination.jpg]2840Past the Destination, original size 24 x 17
Aged, weather-beaten objects in disrepair most often appear as subjects in my works of art. These themes not only display character through texture but also in their graceful deterioration. Elements from three towns are represented in this scene. The general location is in Maine, with accents from Hadley and Monson, Massachusetts. <br />Awards-<br />Academic Artists Assn., Springfield, MA (2007)-Graphics Honor Award<br />Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, Mystic, CT (2007)-Drawing Award<br />Audubon Artists Inc., NYC (2008)-Marquis Who’s Who In America Award<br />Salmagundi Non Member Drawing Exhibition, NYC (2009)-President’s Award<br />American Artists Professional League, NYC (2010)-Alma M. Preede Memorial Graphic Award<br />Publication-<br />Strokes of Genius II (North Light Books)-drawing featured (2009)<br />© steve wilda
[img src=http://www.stevewilda.com/wp-content/flagallery/steve-wilda-graphite/thumbs/thumbs_acadia-icing.jpg]2700Acadia Icing, original size 13 x 19
Bar Harbor, Maine is extremely cold in February, but the environment is astounding. This vista was by the side of the road. By expanding the ice past the bottom perimeter, the scene flowed more luminously.<br />© steve wilda
[img src=http://www.stevewilda.com/wp-content/flagallery/steve-wilda-graphite/thumbs/thumbs_deep-sea-morning.jpg]2480Deep Sea Morning, original size 18 x 12
Deep sea fishing necessitated an early awakening for the 6 am boat departure in Rockport, Massachusetts. I was particularly attracted to the various materials and textures of the clothing and coverings to create this picture. A subtle value of gray along the top of the drawing assisted in setting the mood of the bitter morning. This is a drawing of my parents.<br />Award-<br />Academic Artists Assn., Springfield, MA (2001)-Graphics Honor Award<br />© steve wilda
[img src=http://www.stevewilda.com/wp-content/flagallery/steve-wilda-graphite/thumbs/thumbs_again.jpg]2370Again, original size 26 x 18
An image of the contrast from a passing life to a new life. <br />Rebirth. Hope. <br />© steve wilda
[img src=http://www.stevewilda.com/wp-content/flagallery/steve-wilda-graphite/thumbs/thumbs_april-fools-covered.jpg]2700April Fools Covered, original size 20 x 13
This is the morning of April 1, 1997 after a night of heavy snowfall. Years later I composed this picture. The juniper tree was approximately four feet tall although it appears to be larger.<br /><br />Awards-<br />Artist’s Magazine (2000)-Finalist<br />New American Gallery (online-2004)-Honorable Mention<br />Allied Artists of America, NYC (2007)-CAFA Graphics Award<br />Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, Mystic, CT (2008)-3rd Place Award<br />Publication-<br />Drawing Board Magazine-drawing featured (2004)<br />© steve wilda
[img src=http://www.stevewilda.com/wp-content/flagallery/steve-wilda-graphite/thumbs/thumbs_bookends.jpg]2180Bookends, original size 12 x 26
An unusual vertical picture dimension of an elongated horizontal subject. A diminutive form of life accents and gently transforms an otherwise static, silent winter scene.<br />Award-<br />Allied Artists of America, NYC (2008)-John Young Hunter Memorial Award<br />© steve wilda
[img src=http://www.stevewilda.com/wp-content/flagallery/steve-wilda-graphite/thumbs/thumbs_windblown.jpg]2320Windblown, original size 6 x 8
The Eastern Phoebe was calling as I was at my work desk. Its fur-like feathers blowing in the wind was reason enough to create a smaller than usual drawing. The original is in the permanent collection of the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, in Wausau, Wisconsin.<br /><br />© steve wilda
[img src=http://www.stevewilda.com/wp-content/flagallery/steve-wilda-graphite/thumbs/thumbs_brutes.jpg]2520Brutes, original size 36 x 24
Upon first sighting these rusting hulks of deteriorating machinery, my next subject became obvious to me. A low perspective best captured their menacing traits. For some strange reason, these vehicles all facing the same direction immediately reminded me of intimidating, muscular men at the ocean. Returning for further reference photos, to my amazement I noticed on one of the doors, barely legible through layers of peeling paint and rust, “L.E. Beach."<br />Awards-<br />Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, Mystic, CT (2003)-Drawing Award<br />New Britain Museum of Art, New Britain, CT (2004)-2nd Place Award<br />Publication-<br />American Artist Drawing Magazine-drawing featured (2006)<br /><br />© steve wilda
[img src=http://www.stevewilda.com/wp-content/flagallery/steve-wilda-graphite/thumbs/thumbs_cafe-en-qubec.jpg]2000Café en Quebec, original size 4 x 10
Occasionally, I like to use a long formatted image. In Canada, sitting behind my wife was this man of unkempt appearance. Moving slightly to her right, I proceeded to take his photograph. Secondly, I then politely took another photograph of her.<br /><br />© steve wilda
[img src=http://www.stevewilda.com/wp-content/flagallery/steve-wilda-graphite/thumbs/thumbs_spillway-at-quabbin.jpg]1950Spillway at Quabbin, original size 4 x 10
Occasionally, I like to use a long, but smaller formatted image, and also produce a less ambitious picture.<br /><br />© steve wilda
[img src=http://www.stevewilda.com/wp-content/flagallery/steve-wilda-graphite/thumbs/thumbs_release.png]1830Release, original size 13 x 14
My goal was to create a picture in a couple of hours. Overall, a smudging technique captured the movement and spontaneity of the subject. A pencil point was used strictly on the head.<br /><br />© steve wilda
[img src=http://www.stevewilda.com/wp-content/flagallery/steve-wilda-graphite/thumbs/thumbs_first-home.jpg]2240First Home, original size 12 x 19
Based on a small family picture taken of my parents building their initial residence. I was particularly attracted to the dress style and pattern. In essence, my father’s strength and personality are indicated in that one arm on the shovel. It is reminiscent of the infamous WWII photograph of the two strangers, the sailor and woman, taken after the war concluded. This image preceded that one by a few years. <br /><br />© steve wilda
[img src=http://www.stevewilda.com/wp-content/flagallery/steve-wilda-graphite/thumbs/thumbs_graceful-pause.jpg]2060Graceful Pause, original size 11 x 14
A tranquil and inspiring little being is the Eastern Cottontail. When standing upright and alert upon hearing something, the rabbit typically crosses its front paws.<br /><br />© steve wilda
[img src=http://www.stevewilda.com/wp-content/flagallery/steve-wilda-graphite/thumbs/thumbs_parade-of-the-metal-soldiers.jpg]2030Parade of Metal Soldiers, original size 30 x 18
Many times the subjects I discover are found art, timeless imagery, and sculptures in themselves.The commencement of this picture coincided with a WWI documentary that my wife was producing. The scene reminded me of returning soldiers, which could be from any conflict. <br />Awards-<br />Academic Artists Assn., Springfield, MA (2009)-Graphics Honor Award<br />Allied Artists of America, NYC (2009)-CAFA Award<br />Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, Mystic, CT (2010)-Drawing Award<br />Concord Art Assn., Concord, MA (2010)-Nancy T. Baldwin Memorial Prize for Drawing<br /><br />© steve wilda
[img src=http://www.stevewilda.com/wp-content/flagallery/steve-wilda-graphite/thumbs/thumbs_the-activist.jpg]1890The Activist- Portrait of Phyllis, original size 35 x 26
A truly dynamic individual. World-traveled, sharp and sometimes eccentric, often outspoken. A firm believer in reincarnation, having psychic ability. Eighty-six years young at the time. A formal portrait rendition of her would not have captured her spirit. She constantly wears the hat. This battered and buttoned object is as much a part of her being as her extremities. If the hat hadn’t existed, this picture would never have been conceptualized. The austere expanse of background was essential to capturing her mystique. <br />Award-<br />Concord Art Assn., Concord, MA (2002)-Nancy T. Baldwin Memorial Prize for Drawing<br /><br />© steve wilda
[img src=http://www.stevewilda.com/wp-content/flagallery/steve-wilda-graphite/thumbs/thumbs_tired.jpg]1870Tired, original size 35 x 23
An unusual subject for a piece of artwork. The haphazard angles of rubber created a visual burst of abstraction. This is somewhat of a natural relative to the theme of transportation pictures I pursue at times.<br />Award-<br />Concord Art Assn., Concord, MA (2004)-Nancy T. Baldwin Memorial Prize for Drawing<br /><br />© steve wilda
[img src=http://www.stevewilda.com/wp-content/flagallery/steve-wilda-graphite/thumbs/thumbs_vulture.jpg]1800Vulture, original size 18 x 25
The end of the line of ‘Parade of the Metal Soldiers’. Rarely do I create two different images of the same subject. I personally may prefer this perspective of the train and truck, with the menacing quality of this version, justifying the title. It appeared to me that the ‘vulture’ was ready to pounce.<br />Award-<br />Allied Artists of America, NYC (2010)-David Wu & Elsie Jeck-Key Memorial Award<br />Strokes of Genus 7, North Light Books 2015<br />© steve wilda
[img src=http://www.stevewilda.com/wp-content/flagallery/steve-wilda-graphite/thumbs/thumbs_docent-of-the-olson-house.jpg]1850Docent of the Olson House, original size 24 x 20
Artist Andrew Wyeth’s painting Christina’s World, brought notoriety to Cushing, Maine’s Olson House. Wyeth’s brother-in-law, Dudley Rockwell, was the docent of the house. In 1997, following his public discussion about Andrew’s numerous paintings of the house and its history, I asked to take a photograph of him and years later drew this portrait. His recommendation to bring the drawing north to the Farnsworth Museum, resulted in acquiring it for their permanent collection. It has been on display inside the Olson House since then. Andrew Wyeth himself, having never painted Mr. Rockwell, later produced a sketch of him.<br /><br />© steve wilda
[img src=http://www.stevewilda.com/wp-content/flagallery/steve-wilda-graphite/thumbs/thumbs_in-repose.jpg]1820In Repose, original size 18 x 18
This picture demonstrates the effects from heat of a hot summer’s day on the animal. A graceful and very different position of rest, compared to Durer’s rabbit drawing. <br /><br />© steve wilda