Capturing the spirit of the American Midwest isn’t as simple as snapping a photo of an orange-hued sunset cascading across the plains. Portraying the relationship between humans and nature with western flair can be a daunting task, though visitors to the Edmond Fine Arts Institute can learn from Edmond-based artist and television personality, Steve Boaldin, from Jan. 6 to Feb. 13, 2021.
Boaldin is cowboy artist and the host of “Art of the Cowboy”, a TV show produced and developed on PBS. The show follows the artist in his travels to various ranches across the United States to witness cowboys in action, working as inspiration for his realistic paintings detailing life in the fields, as well as drawing inspiration from his upbringing.
“He was raised on a farm and ranch in southwest Kansas where he grew up working cattle, rodeoing and breaking horses. Steve always enjoyed drawing things, and his subject matter often featured the subject matter around him, cowboys, horses and ranch life,” according to officials at the Edmond Fine Arts Institute. “He moved to Oklahoma City in 1986 to pursue his passion for art more seriously and has worked in the area as a commercial artist ever since.”
Artists are invited to partake in Boaldin’s six-week courses, teaching everything from the basics to career-making techniques to create personalized masterpieces. All art supplies are provided by the Edmond Fine Arts Institute and, to ensure health and safety, enrollment is limited to a maximum of 10 people in a classroom.
Every Wednesday starting on Jan. 6, Boaldin will instruct artists of all levels of expertise the methods he uses in mixed media, oil and pencil works of art, perfect for amateur and novice painters. For the more experienced artists, Boaldin offers an advanced class designed to use his proven methods to focus on western imagery every Saturday beginning on Jan. 10.
“Throughout his career Steve nurtured a love for teaching other budding artists his techniques and creative methods,” a press release from the Edmond Fine Arts Institute states. “Edmond Fine Arts Institute is excited that he will be offering two classes beginning in January 2021.”
For more information regarding the classes and event gatherings, visit the Edmond Fine Arts Institute website.