By Steven Kennedy
oil on canvas board
Since the early 1980s, Steve Kennedy has worked in the “plein air” tradition, painting directly from life outdoors in the many variations of weather and season. He calls his style “painterly realism” because he paints in a loose yet representational style. His studio work focuses on local places he has been to, such as Gloucester MA, the mill towns of New Bedford and Fall River and also places farther afield such as the Great Lakes and Atlantic Maritime Canada. The studio environment inspires him to create paintings of subjects such as city bridges and large scale post modern industrial landscapes while using larger canvases. He enjoys capturing fleeting effects not easily painted on location. Maritime and architectural themes figure prominently throughout his work and he’s especially interested in the play of light and shadow upon his chosen subjects.
Steve and his wife, Lucy, have lived on Cape Cod for the past 30 years. His work is in many public and private collections, including the permanent collection of the Cape Cod Museum of Art (Dennis, MA) Cahoon Museum of Art (Falmouth), New Haven Paint and Clay Club, Albany Institute of History and Art, and the Key Bank and People’s Heritage Bank (former names, both in Maine.). He has won various awards for his work at art associations in the New England-New York area. He has taught painting in Provincetown for many years and is a member of the North Shore Art Association in Gloucester, MA.