Steven M Kropp
I am extremely competitive, I love and hate art at the same time—mainly because of my perfectionist tendencies. Art is not only my passion, but it is my job, my life and livelihood. The toughest part about creating a new piece is if it doesn't appear as beautiful in real life as I pictured in my brain—it drives me to near insanity.
I started drawing at a very young age, I would constantly get in trouble for drawing in school, during class. A lot of the pieces I still do today, I feel, are representative of the doodling I used to do in class. I will start a piece on one corner of the paper—have no idea what I'm doing, create my own little world, get mighty comfortable in it, and let the art create itself. I remember going through old report cards and reading the comments sections, "Steven doesn't pay attention in class, Steven is always drawing at his desk and not listening to the rules". I still don't listen to the rules—I don't think I ever will.
I am currently working on new work for another show. I am trying to bring more color to my artwork, but I still love the old pen & ink on paper. To me that is raw--simple--truly old school.