There is a certain essence to living on the shoreline — the sound of the gulls, the smell of low tide, the morning light across a salt marsh. Living here, you know these things as well as you know the rooms in your house. The gulls, the tides, the marshes — they are part of the place we call home. Artist Steven Plaziak adeptly recreates these places for us on canvas, making you excited to say “I know that place!”
Please see for yourself during Open Studios Weekend. He’s number 14 on your Shoreline ArtsTrail map, in Guilford.
“I am inspired by old barns, boats, roads, architecture and people,” Steven will tell you. His detailed sketchbook records his observations of light and perspective, and the stories he sees. “In that way, I am able to keep the moment alive in the finished paintings.”
Steven experiments with various mediums including watercolor, oil, pastel and charcoal, which you can see on his website www.Steven.Plaziak.com. “That experimentation helps me tell a visual story,” he explains.
Steven has a background in graphic design, studied at Fairfield University and the Rhode Island School of Design, and worked in New York City for a number of years as a freelance artist and designer. He returned to Connecticut in the late 90s and has worked as a designer, taught at Paier College of Art, and is currently a design director working in the New Haven area. He’s also a musician, playing guitar in an acoustic trio that plays throughout the shoreline area.
Perhaps it is that combination of design savvy and creativity that imbues Steve’s paintings with such tangible recognition and connection.
You don’t want to miss a stop at Steven’s studio during Open Studios Weekend, November 22-23, 2014. This year, ArtsTrail member Linda Knudsen Westgard will be joining him for the weekend.
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- by Jen Payne, Words by Jen