Tuesday, November 5, 2019

I got an artist interview featured in the November, 2019 issue of Get Out Loudoun!

I’m very excited to be featured in the November, 2019 issue of Get Out Loudoun! They did an excellent job featuring my art work, and it was a pleasure to be interviewed by Jim Sisley, of Tryst Gallery, Leesburg for this article! You can find the latest Get Out Loudoun issues available for free at local business throughout Loudoun County, Virginia, including Tryst Gallery (I just got mine at Dunkin Donuts). Check it out!

You can also read the interview HERE at the Tryst Gallery blog, as well!

Sunday, November 3, 2019

a visit to the ginkgo tree grove at the Virginia state arboretum

The original plan was to stay home and sleep in, after all the arting on Friday and Saturday, but the weather was just too nice to not go out and enjoy, so Kris suggested we visit the Blandy Experimental Farm, near Winchester, Virginia, to catch the last few days of the yellowing ginkgo grove on the grounds of the Virginia state arboretum. This place has a lot of significance for Kris and I, since about a dozen or so years ago, I got on the live "Blandy Cam" to say "hi" to Kris, who was still living in Trinidad at the time, and who only communicated with me via Skype until that point. This was a big deal, and considered hi-tech back then. It's kind of crazy to think of how far we've come since, for better or worse.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Visual Music exhibit closing event/Purcellville Artisan Tour

It turned out to be a beautiful day for art and music at 868 Estate Vineyards! This afternoon was the closing event for my Visual Music exhibit, and I was joined by Tristan Welch on ambient guitar, while doing a painting demo. I’m extremely thankful for Tristan driving all the way out west today, to join us, as much of the work in the show was the result of a recent collaboration between the two of us that will eventually be released as an album (stay tuned!). I’m also so grateful to Andrea Cybyk and Nancy Deliso for giving me the exhibit and allowing my work to grace the walls of 868. It has been an extremely positive experience that is ending with some recent exciting news that 21 of 26 pieces in the show were sold! It still hasn’t quite sunk in, I think. I also need to thank my always incredible wife Kris, who is always there for me, who documented today’s as well as yesterday’s event, and who keeps me going when I need it the most. Finally, I can’t forget to thank everyone who came out to support me from near and far, and even via social media - as I will always say, it is never taken for granted. 

Friday, November 1, 2019

Universal Language recap

I had a wonderful time at my art opening at Tryst Gallery this evening! It was so good to see so many friends come by the gallery tonight. I could not be more grateful. Thanks to my always amazing wife Kris for grabbing some pics from the show, and thanks to everyone who came out, hung out, bought work, and said hi! Now it’s one more round to go tomorrow at 868 Estate doing some live painting with Tristan Welch on ambient guitar. Better get some sleep!

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Universal Language artist statement

"Beyond the Sea Lies the Stars" (detail)

Art and music have the power to communicate beyond words and borders and across cultures. The creation of art and music can also be viewed as a natural conduit of the universe itself, as new stars and planets are created in the vast cosmic realm of outer space. To quote the late Carl Sagan, “We are all made of star stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.” Perhaps engaging in creative activity is our way of making sense of who we are, and what we are.

This exhibit of eighteen acrylic abstract paintings has been an exploration of the relationship and parallels of both art and music, and how musical elements such as tone, melody, harmony, rhythm, and tempo can be translated visually through art. We often hear both music and art being described with words like textured, tonal, layered, rhythmic, harmonic, colorful, etc. There is even a form of synesthesia known as “chromesthesia”, which is a rare ability to “see music”, through colors, shapes, patterns and lines. Many artists throughout history, especially beginning with abstract painting in the early 1900’s, have attempted to translate, or at least “show” music in the form of painting, and later film. Perhaps these paintings are my own attempt to do the same, and are a tribute of sorts to a vast array of contemporary musicians working in a more abstract and experimental nature.

Paying close attention to both art and music is more important now than ever before, in today’s high speed, short attention span culture. The same can also be said for preparing and consuming a meal, as things like “slow food” and “slow art” movements are gaining in popularity. It’s why vinyl records have made a comeback, as the idea of taking some time out to make an effort to listen to a record – a body of music, intended by the artist to be listened to in its entirety, has not been lost on a new generation of music lovers. The same can be said for this body of work – a collection of paintings that compliment each other yet function independently, intended to be looked at carefully and without haste. What kind of thoughts or feelings do the colors invoke in you? What kind of music might you conjure in your own mind while examining the work? Take some time out to get lost – get lost in a work of art, get lost in a musical composition, get lost in a film, a book, in nature, or a good meal. These are the things that make us more human, and make life worth living. 

                                                                                                                     -Steve Loya   10/2019

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Universal Language exhibit preview

Early last Saturday I got my artwork hung at Tryst Gallery, in Leesburg, Virginia, in time for this coming Friday's opening night. As always, I could not have done it without the help of others, and this time it was done with the aid of Jim Sisley, who knew exactly where the work should go as soon as it arrived at the gallery, and my always amazing wife, Kris, who knew exactly how to hang the work. It's always so exciting to witness the culmination of your efforts, and see it all come together as one complete visual statement. The show, which I call "Universal Language" is a collection of eighteen abstract paintings completed between 2018-2019, and much like my current exhibit at 868 Estate, was strongly influenced by music, and the concept of chromesthesia - a category of synesthesia where an individual has the ability to see or visualize sounds, such as melodies, harmonies, tones, and rhythmic patterns in musical passages.

Recently, one artist friend told me, upon viewing my Visual Music show at 868, my photos don't do my work justice, try as I might. Still, I find it important to document and share my work in the exhibit context, even though these pictures don't quite replicate the experience of being there in person. That said, the opening reception for Universal Language will take place this Friday evening, at Tryst Gallery, Leesburg, VA, in addition to the "Hip Holiday" group show, from 6pm - 9pm. The following day I'll be at 868 Estate, doing some live painting to the amazing ambient guitar sounds of Tristan Welch, from 2-4 pm, as part of the Visual Music show, as well as the Purcellville Artisan Tour. On Sunday, however, I plan to sleep all day. If you're in the area, hope you can make it to one or more of the events!

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Visual Music performance at 868 Estate soon!

Looking forward to doing some live painting with Tristan Welch playing his music at 868 Estate Vineyards, Saturday, November 2nd, from 2 pm - 4 pm, as part of the Purcellville Artisan Tour. Hope you can stop by the see the sights, hear the sounds, and sip some wine!

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Universal Language solo show at Tryst Gallery, Leesburg!

I'm excited to announce a new solo show,  "Universal Language" at Tryst Gallery, Leesburg, Virginia, with an opening reception on Friday, November 1st, 6 pm - 9 pm! The exhibit will feature eighteen new and recent paintings that I've been working on between 2018-2019, the majority of which will be shown in public for the first time. Hope to see you there!

Monday, October 14, 2019

Visual Music on the 2019 Purcellville Artisan Tour

So glad to be a part of the Purcellville Artisan Tour this year, happening the weekend of November 2nd -3rd. On Saturday, November 2, from 2-4pm, you can find me at stop 11, at 868 Estate Vineyards, doing some live painting, along with Tristan Welch, who will be playing a live set of ambient guitar compositions, as part of a collaboration that influenced some of the paintings I have on display at 868. Stop by if you’re in the area, and enjoy a fun weekend of arts, crafts, music, culture and more, in scenic western Loudoun!

Sunday, October 13, 2019


"Seefeel", 20" x 16", acrylic paint and gloss varnish on canvas