Art PhotographySteve Walag
“An artist’s great gift is to be able to make the connection, generate something truly meaningful, and then share the gift with others.”
Steve has been a photographer for more than 45 years. In 2015, he began exploring ways to meld the digital methods of today with the revered aesthetic of a centuries-old Japanese art tradition.
The images he creates are not watercolor, pen, and ink, or painting of any kind; rather, they are digital photographs, carefully styled to emulate paintings from that Japanese tradition. Subject choice, lighting, Photoshop editing, and printing all contribute to a look similar to paintings of the influential Japanese Rinpa school.
“I trust and believe deeply in the value of art. I’ve often said that art is my religion. Here’s why. I believe that the Muse, the source of all artistic inspiration, is a messenger of the Divine Spirit, whatever we conceive that to be. So, when creating or even contemplating a work of art, we can connect to the Divine. “An artist’s great gift is to be able to make the connection, generate something truly meaningful, and then share the gift with others”.