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Steve Filarsky, has a great following among his collectors for his plein air oils. His unique red canvas backgrounds enhance his landscape techniques and delight his collectors! His style is his own and people love to watch him at his easel on location where the viewer can pause and see his surroundings through Steves eyes. His artistic talent was recognized early in his Philadelphia schools yet his journey eventually led him away from a degree at Penn State in architecture and into the art arena he loved most. He studied under some of Philadelphias finest, learning the art of hand applied gold leaf gilding and sign crafting before taking his skills and moving south to North Carolina. All the while he kept his sketchbooks and portfolios filled with paintings, sketches, watercolors and vignettes of what he saw and felt around him. He opened a sign business with a friend in Wake Forest, NC and from there branched out on his own as he expanded his gold leaf gilding and restoration work up and down the East Coast. Bachelor Steve met single mom artist, M Theresa Brown, through friends at an art event in Raleigh and with their eventual marriage, he became part of a lively family of four children and 3 dogs! Together they combined their diverse talents and styles into a thriving art business and have enjoyed living the life of an artist in all the creativity, collaborations, compromises, versatility and artistic freedoms that come along with such a unique lifestyle. The two built their large art studio next to their home after dismantling an old 1910 house. In their country setting, they built a woodworking shop, added pastures for the horses, created lush wild rose gardens, herb gardens and water features. The family hiked, kayaked and explored remote areas of the state. As the children grew, more rescue dogs and cats came into the home until now, with all four children grown and engaged in their own art careers, Steve and Theresa count the two ponies, 5 dogs and the pygmy goat as family members! Steves style has evolved from years of color applications, creative designs and his notebooks of sketches. His signature style is his unique, painterly touch combined with the rich, jewel like colors of oil paints. He provides the same touch with his beautiful translucent watercolors and his clients love their portraits in that medium! Steve brings his skills to his art and painting workshops and stays busy traveling to the shows meeting his friends and collectors!