During his 12-year New York City illustration career, art directors were particularly fond of his work as it incorporated a strong sense of color and motion, reflecting Steve’s strong interest in sports and his great love of the outdoors. The New York Times, New York Marathon, and Sport Monday commissioned his artwork and it has been featured in numerous publications including: Harper Collins “Sports Pages” (children book featured on Reading Rainbow) Sport Magazine, Time, Art Direction Magazine, Backpacker, and Boating. Steve’s work has been used internationally to most notably commemorate the Olympics and the 1986 World Cup Soccer events.
My aspiration as an artist is to connect to positive influences and to share the positive connection, via painting,I have developed a growing connection to nature and is profoundly inspired by beauty. This love and appreciation of nature, coupled with his deeply spiritual art, form the foundation of his unique style and sublime message. A strong sense of color and a free-flowing painterly method blend with a masterful use of layering techniques,add depth and dimension and content,All genres can convey the positive message.
In his extensive travels overseas and throughout the continental United States, Steve has developed a growing connection to nature and is profoundly inspired by beauty.
I have painted on location in national parks across the country and exhibited this work ,As a child I started camping and hiking 3 months out of the year as a Ukrainian boy scout. We would have many different camp experiences. Many facets of the wilderness were explored in the camps some were a month on an island with only a canoe and tent, some in the forest weeks at a time, as well as in winter(often three weeks starting at age 7),as well as parts of the Appalachian trail starting at that age. This grew to hiking and painting journals on location and doing residencies (with a Jackson Pollock grant at Byrdliffe colony), and extensive hiking and painting in the Adirondack region,Please look at artofkuzma website,This love and appreciation of nature, coupled with his deeply spiritual art, form the foundation of his unique style and sublime message. I try to distill the essence of a region with the media. It takes time and much tuning in and receptivity. Often I am inspired to say something in the work that reminds one of the greater Nature appreciating and being sensitive to it.
A strong sense of color and a free-flowing painterly method blend with a masterful use of layering techniques, provide depth and dimension inherent to the paintings.