Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Steve White, Maysville Kentucky Painter

Though I walk by his gallery on Market Street regularly, it's been awhile since I've dropped in on Steve White's website. I'm happy to report that White has posted an extensive catalog of his paintings along with photographs. Now you don't have to just take my word on how amazing his paintings are. Check out the catalog »

Steve White is perhaps Maysville's most prolific painter. He was born near Maysville Kentucky in 1948 and attended local schools before serving briefly in the military. Upon his return from being stationed in Germany, he enrolled in the Maysville Community College and later attended Morehead State University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts with a focus on painting. From there, White's career as a painter grew exponentially.

They say that the true mark of genius is that geniuses produce. White is said to produce anywhere from 40 to 50 oil and watercolor paintings each year, covering a wide range of subjects from local architecture and culture, to landscapes of America and Europe, to a great many paintings of pioneer and Native American history.

White's work has earned him many national and international awards including the Medal of Honor for Aquamedia at the Grand National Exhibition of American Artist Professional League. His full list of awards and nominations far exceed what can be listed here.

His website mentioned that one of his paintings was used for the cover of Rosemary Clooney's CD titled "Still On The Road," so I snagged the above graphic off Amazon.com. The image appeared on CBS, The Early Show, and NBC Today Show. Another watercolor painting was included in the 1997 Butler Institute of American Art at Youngstown, Ohio. White has also been featured in Southern Living Magazine.

Today he continues his work in a studio above The White Gallery on Market Street in downtown Maysville.

Visit SteveWhiteFineArt.com

posted at 12:48 AM by Jeremy Parnell


Ken Downing said...

I've been a fan for years. I don't really have a favorite cause there are too many great ones. I am always amazed at the detail in his work

6:04 AM
Jeremy said...

That's a great one Ron. I don't think I could pick a favorite because they are all equally amazing. I like the Maysville ones, obviously. "A Peace in My Heart", the Woodland Indian one, is definitely one of the best Native American portraits I've ever seen. But I think, and I can't figure out a reason why, the "Girl with a Violin" really sticks out to me. Maybe it just seems so full of atmosphere. I think that's what is great about the "Snowy Depature" painting as well. It completely carries a mood with it.

3:49 PM
Ron said...

I used your link to Mr. White's catalog and found "Snowy Departure". Mr. White comments that he used his wife as a model for the "figure" in the painting. If you look at the hair style and the build, it sure does look alot like Rosemary Clooney.

8:06 AM
Ron said...

My dad is a big fan of Mr. White. He owns several prints incuding "Snowy Departure" which is also modeled on Rosemary Clooney leaving Maysville.
Steve captures the moment so well that you can almost feel the butterflies in your stomach from the nervous exitement that goes along with starting a new journey.

7:53 AM