“There are two men inside the artist, the poet and the craftsman. One is born a poet. One becomes a craftsman.”
— Émile Zola
Over 30 years ago I started my art career as a painter but in 1990 I put away my brushes and began concentrating solely on digital imagery. Using the computer as a tool, I attempted to express my political, spiritual, and humanistic concerns. Inspiration ranged from a particular moment in my life to an event taking place on the world stage.
A few years ago I felt the impulse to challenge myself by painting again and began doing small landscapes and still lifes. I soon discovered the daily painting movement where artists produce a small painting each day and post it on their website. While I never attempted to create seven paintings a week I did benefit from the discipline of painting on a frequent basis. By working small, I was able to take risks that I might not have taken with larger pieces. My overarching goal while creating these small pieces has been to become a better craftsman without diminishing the poetry.
After receiving his B.A. from The University of Vermont, Goodman went on to study at the prestigious L’Ecole des Beaux Arts, Brest, France. He has continued his education through courses at Parsons School of Design, and workshops under Charles Reid, Stanley Bielen and Dough Braithwaite. Steven P. Goodman is also represented Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery in Shelburne, VT.