Five Minutes Witha painter
Name: Steve LegerskyAge: 52Lives in: Redstone (originally from Pittsburgh, Penn.)Occupation: Painter and co-owner (with his wife, Jan) of the Artists Mercantile & Gallery in Glenwood Springs. Theyre in the same location as Maria Sippolas old shop, The Artists Mercantile.When did you first know you were an artist? Probably when I was 9, because my grandparents wanted me to make them a placard for their camper for their camper organization. How would you describe your work now? Plein-air landscapes in a realistic style. Im not an impressionist, and Im not an abstractionist. What does your art mean to you? Since I did a lot of other work in my life, its really like a new life for me in my 50s. I get a lot of satisfaction from helping the new artists coming up.How does it feel when you complete a piece you really like? Total satisfaction, and it lets you renew yourself every time you do a painting, and you rediscover yourself every time you do a painting. And it lets the creativity flow through you, and thats very nourishing. I guess thats probably why everybody paints. They feel it, even if they dont say it.Whats the best part of owning your store? Well, Ive been learning about all the other art mediums which I had no other education about. And it lets you meet all the other artists in the valley who you would never meet normally in your day-to-day job. … They teach me quite a good bit, and a lot of them are very spiritual, and I enjoy talking to people like that.The hardest? Special orders, hard-to-find items thats probably the biggest challenge. We want to have something you cant get at Wal-Mart.Whats your personal motto? Be creative for creativitys sake, because it keeps you happy.Whats the best thing your life? My family. And then probably the store, because thats my future. Yeah, but familys the most important thing.FavoritesArtist: Leonardo da VinciMedium: Walnut oilMovie: The LibrarianCandy: Gummy BearsTime of year: FallRoad Trip: The Grand Tetons in Yellowstone National Park. He went there last year with his wife. They both called the area gorgeous.
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