Jul 29, 2011
Fab Fridays: Artist Steve Alpert
Simplifying Fabulous! with Artist Steve AlpertSteve Alpert has not only been painting for 40 years, (professionally for the last 12), he also writes books, produces television and theatre shows and is a philanthropist. Alpert has dedicated time to making military paintings that he has donated to non-profit organizations that assist Veterans and their families. When not working on one of his many projects in his Quogue, NY studio, he spends time with his wife, Dorothy, and indulges in a game of golf. Robin Baron: Is there anything about your artwork that embodies the mantra of Simplifying Fabulous: Confidence Begins at Home? Steve Alpert: For me, Simplifying Fabulous refers to the simplicity of nature. Translating that feeling into art is really wonderful to live with. Painting brings me peace and serenity. My paintings are my way of passing this on to others. We humans, especially urban human, forget that we are a part of an intricate and unfathomable matrix of natural existence. What catches my attention are moments of extreme beauty and peace, whether it is found simply in a field or the way the sun is shaded by cloud mist. I am interested in those moments of deep relaxation we are able to access outside of ourselves, and within.
RB: How do you put this level of personalization into your home? SA: My big decorating secret is my wife, Dorothy. Dorothy has a fine decorating and design aesthetic and has created two beautiful nests for us! What I love most about Dorothy and my home(s) is that they both make me feel quiet and comfortable. The art around our apartment in the city is mostly of other artists...beautiful pieces by Dean Mitchell, Wolf Kahn and Cynthia Knott. Living with art that you love gives me a sense of excellence in my life. It inspires me to strive towards excellence in all aspects of my life. Am I excellent in all aspects in my life? No! But I try, I try.