Waiting At The Station

Valley of Fire

Valley of Fire 2



Good afternoon and hope everyone is having a great day. Cool here in Lakeland and fitting for the 2nd day of November. Where has this year gone to. 

  I posted up 3 images so lets talk about them, First image is Waiting at the Station.. It is a photo of the AMTrack Station in Winter Haven Fl. I loved the perspective application and the openess and minimalist structure it represents. No hustle and bustle either. Just a train station , built as they say, old school. Thought it would be a perfect entry for Rails and Trails show in Lake Alfred, by the Ridge Art Association at the Lake Alfred City Hall. Show will be up for a year. Stop by and check the art out by some great artists. The piece won a Award of Excellence so I was happy and humbled by that. 

 Next up are two paintings from The Valley of Fire State Park In Nevada. Over the years I had made a couple of stops there, but not really taking many photos. Fortunatley my two sons were in Vegas for a U2 Concert and I asked for some photos and they went to The Valley of Fire and took some. So working with photo images I am creating a series of painting on 10x16 birch panels of the park. I am working on a 3rd one now. They will be available soon so if you have a interest let me know.

I haven't traveled out West since March so this was a great opportunity for me to have some new material to paint. 

 I am still being supported by Faust Gallery in Scottsdale Arizona. If you are interested in some of my work please contact them. 

 2023 is closing quickly. I am working as always on new paintings. Locally I will do the annual show at the Ridge Art Gallery in WInter

Haven in January 2024. I hope to get some new work out  West if the market gets better. My studio is filling up. As always any interest in my work please contact me or call, Information is on my Website or my profile on Instagram at( steve.latimer)

 that it for now. Take care and have a good month! See Ya!



Good afternoon 

Hope your Monday is going well. Cool here this morning which is nice. Latest painting is "Sunday Morning. This is a 16x20 oil on a hardboard panel. I haven't used hardboard panels alot but I keep forgetting how well they work with oils for a very smooth surface. Basis for this painting was of course New Mexico and all the adobe buildings and communities in the valley districts and then in Northern New Mexico. Love the idea used by the Native Americans and the Mexicans to build with sand, clay, straw, and water to make bricks to build their homes. Also when the Jesuits came to New Mexico Churches became part of the communities, I like this painting because of the quiet aspect of the day, the depth of the painting and sand and brick tones of the street and buildings.

 I currently have two paintings (including this one) in thet Ridge Art show for members titled Imagination. The show opens Ocotber 7 from 6-8 PM at the Rdge Art Association Gallery in Winter Haven, Florida. I hope to see you there. 

 Well that is it. On the horizon maybe some Western art shows if I can get juried in. Time will tell. Next art show locally will be the Ride Art Association annual show in January. Stay tuned. 

Have a great week and see ya!

Good Morning and hope your having a great Wednesday. Thought I would get this blog out. I finished Breakin Loose  this week. Well in theory its done but it still needs the varnish and frame. Some how this painting came about by watching some old John Ford movies. One of my favorite directors of all time. The Arizona backgrounds, the granduer of the wide spaces, and of course the actors all made the movies fun to watch. The Searchers, Tie a Yellow Ribbon, My Darling Clementine. So I researched and came up with Breakin Loose. The painting is a 12x36 oil on canvas. I totally think the width of the painting and the riders driving hard on their horses left to right gives the viewer a feeling of urgency and action. Of course the last rider is a tag along but all the old movies had such characters. Slim Pickens or Gabby Hayes were always there. Anyway it states the love of Western riders Breakin Loose. The Largeness of Arizona Landscape and cowboys riding hard. 

 Not doing any shows in the immediate future but I am entering a Members show at the Ridge Art Association in Winter haven at the end of September. I have a few pieces to enter in that show. Also my work  continues to be supported by the Faust Gallery in both Santa Fe New Mexico and Scottsdale Arizona. 

   Thats all for this blog. Have a great week and take care. See ya!

Good afternoon: nice rain for a hot day today. Cooled down to 80. 

 Solitude is a 12x12 oil on canvas. I wanted a painting that represented a solo cowboy  and alone. I then wanted to have it in a desert but maybe a extreme desert. Growing up in El Paso as a youth, we would got to the desert alot and one of the area near us was White Sands National Park in New Mexico..White Sands National park gives  a feeling of complete solitude when you are their because that is all you can see.  White Sand Dune Fields for miles and miles . White Sands does allow horses in the park but you must get a permit for entry. So to me my cowboy was a good representation on a horse with the White Sand Fields as a back drop. Solitude and alone. 


 I entered this painting  in the current show at the Ridge Art Association Gallery in WInter haven Fl. . The shows title is Black and White and a touch of color. I was excited  to learn it won Best of Show. The painting serves its self well and I am humbled to have won the award. Solitude 13x13 oil Framed. 

 I am painting this summer. Its been slow for my art out West this summer. Hopefully it will pic up in the galleries. I am planning to enter the Members show  for Ridge Art Association in September. Show will run in October,. Other the that the brings us up to date For August. 

  Take Care and have a blessed weeki. SeeYa!

Giood morning. A brief blog today. Jumping Jack is new painting I just completed. 18x18 oil on canvas. I have enjoyed painting bucking horses so much that I wanted to do this one. I have painted this horse in the past in watercolors and oil but not on this scale,  It will be completed once a frame is found. 

Update, I was pleased to win the award Best of Show at the Black and White exhibition at RIdge Art Assocation Gallery in WInter Haven. for my painting, Solitude.  The reception will be this coming Saturday July 15,  from 6-8 PM. I was very humbled to win this award.. If you have time please stop by and attend the show. Lots of great paintings by local artists.  

 I am currently  showing my art  at the Faust Gallery in Santa Fe New Mexico. The work should be up a good part of the summer.  THanks Bill for showing my art.

That's it for now. Have a great week and see ya!

Good afternoon and hope your day is going well. I just finished this painting today and wanted to get it to my blog. Vermillion Cliffs is a 24x30 Oil on a gallery canvas. The excitment on this painting has to be the sky. I love to photo or paint cumulus cloud formations. When I photoed the vermillion cliffs for reference it was a fall day clear and early in the morning. I totally reversed that in this painting. I wanted a late day with shadows, cumulus clouds and a palette that represented nearly dusk. WIth this in mind I painted it. The painting has been a struggle to combine all of these factors but I am happy now the way it turned out. I wil decide what to do with the painting and it still needs a varnish but the paint will need to cure for a bit. 
That all for this blog. See ya!


Good afternoon. Thought I would get a short blog out on my latest painting. Red Mesa July Storm was developed from photos taken of the Red Mesa in Arizona at the Navajo Nation. I had a photo but the day was actually very clear without many clouds. I worked with some photos of large thunderstorm clouds I had and incorporated them with this painting. I am really happy the way it turned out. The Painting becones the 9th I have painted of the Red Mesa. Each is different with the palette and day time. All have the red sandstone though and the deep shadows pentrating the landscape. Red Mesa 24x24 oil on gallery canvas unframed. c2023.

 I am doing a few paintings per month for gallery work  and I would like to say I am open to commissions if it involves Western art. Please contact me if you have a interest in a commission work. 

 All for this blog. Take care  Steve


Good morning to all. Back from my show in Scottsdale Arizona and resting now. 
what a great time we had visiting family, doing the show, and visiting attractions in the area.  Weather was perfect the whole time.
 I first want to thank the Faust Gallery for getting the gallery ready for the show. Bill and Michael Faust worked hard to get it perfect and the Faust Gallery made it a special night. Lots of people dropping by that I follow on Instagram and those who follow me. Plus family and friends. a Total of 18 paintings were in the show. It was a culmination of two years of work of paintings of Arzona, Utah  and NewMexico. The show will continue to hang during March. Also some paintings went to Great Falls Montana over the past weekend for a show there. Thanks Faust Gallery for that. As we say in Art. Exposure, Exposure, Exposure.
Needless to say it is now a time to take a break with Art. Working with galleries is a great experience. The behind the scenes work is hard. Shipping at top of list and preparing the paintings requires patience and sweat. Is it worth it? Yes! Will I do it again? Yes but not for awhile. The paintings are now available to the public to see, critique and hopefully purchase. The gallery now will Promote and work to get them sold if possible.

So I am painting less and looking hopefully to do commission. If interested please contact me.

Thar's it for now. Have great week and thanks for reading my blog. See Ya!