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Steven Powers writes, "I don't like to over-think the subjects of my work. There is no narrative. With every work, I paint what will keep me engaged in the aesthetic problems that I have set up for myself. I have a deep seated emotional and physical relationship with nature—trees and rocks keep me engaged. Trees with their burls, tangly roots, lanky branches, and powerful trunks—and rocks with their scaly features, lichen growths, fractal builds and strong matter. Having grown up in Maine, its magnificent trees and craggy coast are indelibly printed on my mind's eye. In these recent small-scale works, I am exploring the paint medium within representational landscapes that engage first at a distance and then intimately. At a macro level the rich impasto is an abstract and complex interweave of color and textures, while at a distance these details flatten out and forms become familiar and the landscapes more in focus. I am particularly attracted to individual details or moments within a landscape that for me, define the space, e.g. a particular knobby growth on a tree, an errant rock, or even a particular color."