Steve Rimmer in StudioI am an only child. When I was a boy we lived in the country for a while and neighbors were miles away not steps. I began to fill any empty pages with drawings, generally of cowboys and horses, the things a small boy finds interesting. It was a form of amusement that has continued to this day. I enjoy being alone and I enjoy drawing.

Growing up in the Midwest during the 1950’s and 1960’s the prospect of art as a career was considered to be remote at best. I graduated from The University of Missouri at Kansas City and drifted into business along with most of my peers and was relatively good at it although never passionate about it. I continued to draw and doodle in my spare time often doing caricatures during meetings to relieve the oppressive boredom. Inadvertently I began to formulate my own course of study in art history. I traveled a great deal and constantly carried art histories, monographs and biographies in my bag, using any down time to study what had become my passion. I used my business travel to access museums, galleries and exhibitions in various cities often dragging along confused colleagues who worried for my sanity.

About eight years ago my education took a more practical turn. My wife bought me an easel, some canvas and paints and told me to “figure it out.” A year later circumstances allowed me to quit my job and to devote a good deal of time to painting. I built a studio in my home and at 50 I took my first art class at the Kansas City Art Institute and followed it with another. Unfortunately I tend to be rather autodidactic which is a curse in some ways. I like to learn on my own but that method lengthens the process substantially.

Almost two years ago I met the artist Robert Quackenbush through a friend of mine. Robert is a talented artist and a fine teacher. He began immediately to fill in the holes in my education and to point me in new directions. I continue to work with Robert at Studio Q and he continues to be a valuable and generous mentor, teacher and friend.

I have learned enough to be acutely aware of how much more there is to learn about art. Art is fascinating to me because it’s clear that whatever I am able to learn in my life time will only be a fraction of what there is to know.

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