Olympia, WA – Fine artist Paul Steucke is the author of Heading Home, 122 full color pages displaying over 90 paintings. Steucke is known for his virtuosity, his choice of subjects, his sense of composition, and his use of color.
“The creative process is the opposite of science. It’s more dreamlike,” says Steucke, “Even though I've done it hundreds of times, I am knowledgeable that it will evolve, and I can decide how I’m going to present it.”
A public affairs officer for 17 years in Anchorage, Steucke is best known for his paintings of Alaskan landscapes and the humble lives of the people who live there.
“My work is realistic. I've tried painting abstract, but it doesn't hook me. It doesn't move me. I like to paint something I can see,” says Steucke. “The cover of Heading Home is a good example of that because it captures a moment in that very small village, a Sunday morning, a small lady in a red jacket walking down the street. It's very detailed.
Steucke's art captures the strength and emotions of his subjects, showing facets that we might otherwise miss.
“If you're doing a portrait, as an artist, you're responsible in your heart to represent that person as they are and their spirit; somehow you'd have to find their spirit and bring it into the canvas. All my paintings have that very strong spiritual aspect.”
For more information, visit www.paulsteucke.com.
Heading Home is available on Amazon.