Steven Mikel At his working table painting live with coffee

Artist Statement


"The world is full of obvious things 
which nobody by any chance ever observes."

Sherlock Holmes, The Hound of the Baskervilles


Throughout my life, I discovered that I noticed things that other people seemed to miss; discarded bits along the roadside creating textural compositions, intricate patterns woven within old peeling paint and rusty metal objects, or how pine cones and needles gathered in abstract clumps on the ground pushed together by the mountain breezes. I become entranced by the dynamic patterns of waves on sand, the juxtaposition between light and shadow as the sun rises on the mountain sides or filters down through layers of palm fronds.


My artistic vision centers around the revelation of these overlooked or unseen experiential moments hidden within everyday life surrounding us.


Painting with coffee’s natural monochromatic tones helps me focus my vision without the distraction that color can sometimes present. While working in both Realism and Abstract Expressionism allows me to share physically what caught my eye, as well as, the intangible spiritual heart of what inspired me.