My Artist Statement
My name is Steve Brosnac, and I'm an artist living in Long Beach Ca. After a 26-year career as a UPS driver, I had a career ending injury. I started drawing with charcoal in December 2015 and painting in the spring of 2016 as art therapy for severe, chronic pain and deep depression following several major life-changing events. My self-taught, artistic meditation is the only way for me to escape physical pain, and it buffers depression. As such, it has become my life's passion. For the first time, I feel I'm doing what I was meant to do.
My mother, who I sadly lost to suicide last year due to Bipolar Disorder, used to take us on almost weekly trips to the ocean. I feel a peace there now. I have also felt it's rage by being a passenger on a ship rocked by 40ft hurricane-driven waves, hence the numerous oceanic paintings. My "America is a Land of Immigrants" piece has special meaning because my grandfather immigrated here from Slovenia and was the original cover artist for the popular pulp fiction magazine, "Weird Tales" during the 20's and 30's.
My current "Masters Series" paintings are helping me learn by understanding the masters of art. With their portrait in my style and surrounding artwork inspired by their own style, I'm developing a sense of what inspired them. The art you remember is that which is created with passion. The chills you feel when art draws you in, sometimes making you weep...those chills mean you connect with the joy, lust, heartache or other emotions that powered every brushstroke. My hope is that you can know me through my art, and that it might inspire you!