Artist Statement

Creating harmony out of chaos is a driving factor in my artwork. I thrive on movement, activity and especially music. Painting allows me to share the beauty I see in nature combined with my mind’s eye. The simple act of painting slows my mind to let it rest. In this way, chaos and calm become interdependent and bring balance to my life and my work.

My media changes according to the pace at which I wish to work. I keep many projects in motion at the same time. I stagger the works according to completion times ranging from hours and days to months and years. It takes long periods of time to get the big projects completed. Big projects need time to dry between coats, and patience to resolve composition, form, and colors. It helps to have small wins along the way to keep your mind sharp and cheerful.

I am constantly evolving, experimenting with the latest technology while on a daily basis experiencing the hand tools and materials used by the masters. It is critical to understand the nature of different forms of paint, brushes and all the hand-wore skills when approaching technology. Every medium, as well as what I listen to and what is happening in my life, affects what ends up on the canvas, especially the dog hair if I’m not careful. 

Most of my work starts with an intimate drawing. I have standardized on 14” x 20”, Fabriano, Acquarello, cold pressed, 100% cotton, grana fina, 140 lbs. watercolor paper. It may sound quirky, but I always cut the last inch of the watercolor paper off, so I end up using 14” x 19” sheets. That size feels right to me. I start by drawing whatever I see. Musicians are my favorite models. I look at my subjects very carefully while drawing. I pay extra attention to the lighting, especially the nuances that happen to occur. There is always something that I didn’t expect. I believe you can’t really see what you're looking at until you try to draw it. It takes patience, but if you take the time, you will be rewarded. Whatever you are looking at, in time,  will unpeel itself and reveal its essence. 

Upon capturing the initial drawing, I intentionally practice letting go to see where my mind can take it. My inspiration might be anything. I continuously study all kinds of art and visit museums the world over for entire days of drawing. As a seasoned artist, I can also lean upon an extensive personal library of completed works and concepts for ideas. 

For instance, I recently did a drawing of trees with Spanish Moss hanging over them in North Florida. The following day I went to a music concert, brought the same drawing pad and did a drawing of the musicians on top of that landscape, then I integrated the two. The result is a dreamscape, called Gypsy Tears.

Art is fundamentally about exploration. Through my life’s work, I bring the realm of possibilities to the forefront of my mind. This exercise loosens my thinking, like yoga for the body, so that when I approach a problem, I keep the solutions broad. It makes a big difference to approach challenges in your life with an open mind. By imbuing my lifelong love for learning into each creation, I create my work to inspire.

If I had to describe my work in one word I would use the verb, ‘curative,’ meaning, ‘to make better,’ as in, let’s make the world better.






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Short Biography


Stephen Shooster, known as Shoosty was born in 1958 in Chester, Pennsylvania. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts with a minor in Architecture, in 1986 at The University of Florida. Shooster has enjoyed a successful corporate career by day and a prolific painting career by night. He is also the author of ‘The Horse Adjutant,’  a story about a survivor of the Nazi Holocaust, and is featured in Marquis’ Who’s Who in American Art.

From Local Beginnings to Global Response

Shooster’s corporate career took him from working with his family in an answering service business, using old-fashioned wooden switchboards to navigating the company successfully through the convergence of computers and telephony, patenting software along the way that is the de facto method used by all call centers today. His company, Global Response, serves some of the finest brands in the world, including Toyota, Zara, Lane Bryant, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Modern Museum of Art, Ally Bank, CBS, Crate and Barrel, Hess, and The Home Depot.

Shoosty by Night, Invoking the Spirits  

Shoosty’s painting career spans over 40 years and is recognizable by his trademark use of color and shape. Influenced by travel, music, and family, Shoosty’s work takes the viewer on a wild ride invoking the spirits of Picasso, Braque, Gauguin, Chagall, Matisse, Ad Reinhardt and even Illustrated Manuscripts to create his paintings which range from the sublime to groovy. Shoosty’s sculpture and paintings appear in public and private collections around the world.

Construction for Eternity

Combining his artistic ability with his zeal for technology and lifelong learning, Shoosty is as comfortable with oil paints as he is with technology. His primary concern is using the arts to provide creative leadership to those that surround him. 




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