ABOUT

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Artist Statement

I had read that there are three ways in which art functions: As decor, an augment to interior design; then there is art as a statement, a tool to support a particular argument; and finally, the concept that art, when it thoroughly engages, evokes a sense of wonder. To meet all three criteria is the challenge that arouses my curious nature and fuels my imagination.

I find inspiration in the genres of landscape, street, photo reportage and abstract photography, with an emphasis on creating images from a personal perspective. My images are part theatrical gesture and part documentary; images that seek to establish that intersection between the familiar and the unfamiliar; images that convey an unspoken narrative, inviting the viewer to look a little deeper and bring their own sense of imagination and perspective into the visual experience.

Some artists search for a technique, a genre, a style, a voice, and once they have discovered it, they stay the course. I'm not one of them. Bob Dylan once said, "An artist must be careful to never think he has arrived somewhere, he must always be in a constant state of becoming". I believe that as long as I travel in the realm of becoming and strive for new forms of expression, I will continue to evolve as an artist.

CV

"Never Forget" 2017: Fresno State University, Henry Madden Library 9066 American Voices from the Inside

"Never Forget" 2016 Critical Mass Finalist, Photolucida (Portland, OR).

2016 Prix de la Photographie Paris: Honorable Mention

"Never Forget" 2016 The LightRoom Gallery,Berkely, CA: Solo Show

2016 Portfolio Merit Winner: B&W Magazine

2015 Red Filter Gallery: Exhibit 11/1/15 to 11/30/15

2015 Named by BWGallerist as one of the top ten

"Best of the Best" Emerging Fine Art Photographers.

2015 Portfolio Merit Award: B&W Magazine

2014 IPA 2nd Prize Winner

Photo Essay and Feature Story Category

2014 Portfolio Spotlight Award: B&W Magazine

2014 Palm Springs Photo Festival Slide Show Finalist

2014 Photo L.A. Emerging Focus Finalist

2014 Single Image Merit Award: B&W Magazine

  • 2013 SEE ME. "The Story Of The Creative International
  • Competition". Exhibition, Angel Orensanz
  • Foundation, New York, New York

2013 Portfolio Merit Award: B&W Magazine

Steve Wolowitz (1951 - 2019) "It's been a hell of a ride."

On many afternoons, Steve Wolowitz enjoyed what he called the “Golden Hour”. He would walk with his family and his loyal companion, Sparky down the trail near his home, frequently prefacing conversations along the way with: “I read an interesting article…” leading into discussions about the politics and topics of the day, family and friends; spiced with wit and humor, always humor.

On Sunday, March 10, 2019, Steve took his final steps on his life’s journey, surrounded by his loving family: Debbi, Jeremy, Jordan and Sparky. Steve was born in New York to Sheldon and Jean Wolowitz. He grew up in Florida, then enlisted in the Navy and was stationed throughout Southeast Asia. Steve developed an abiding respect and appreciation of the many cultures he encountered there; particularly for the Filipino people.

Steve settled in California, where he met his future wife, Debbi. He attended San Jose State University and established a long-standing career in advertising as an Art Director and Creative Director. Upon retirement, Steve became a caretaker to his in-laws, Alice and Tony; and embarked on a new career as an award-winning artistic photographer. He and his wife, Debbi shared an enduring love and marriage, raising two sons, Jeremy and Jordan. He would also serve as a mentor and role model to many of their friends. Over the years, Steve continued to expand his creative and intellectual horizons; demonstrating to those around him how meaningful a life of curiosity, compassion and laughter could be. Steve inspired others with the courage, pragmatism and acceptance he showed as he battled the cancer that far too soon, took his life.

The lives Steve touched were enriched by him. The poignant memories he created will last forever in the hearts and minds of all who knew him. Steve is survived by his wife, Debbi; sons Jeremy and Jordan; his father-in-law, Tony and his sister, Vicki. Steve’s was a truly unique soul, and when confronted with the specter of his passing, he looked into Debbi’s eyes, smiled and said, “Baby, it’s been a hell of a ride.”