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We stood in her home office and I could already tell things had changed. The smell of peppermint vaporized from a blue-neon contraption on a table to my right. The desk was neatly arranged before me, as she went on about how she was working with someone to help her feng-shui and organize the room. I sensed a level of enthusiasm and calmness in her voice that had not been there before. She explained the room is where she would be spending most of her time now that her traveling obligations had diminished, though she didn’t say why. She wanted the space to convey a sense of peacefulness and positive energy.

I smiled thinking this is exactly what I have been trying to achieve through my paintings. We were already in agreement.

I asked her what kinds of things made her feel good and she rattled off a shortlist of elements such as water and sky, in addition to a few locations around the globe and some other things. My mind was already at work putting together concepts I would later flesh out through a battery of sketches. I knew when I left her house that morning this commissioned project would be every bit of a pleasure for me to paint as it would be for her to receive.

Art Updates

I continue to plug away on six new paintings I am planning to show in either August or September for an open studio event. Progress in one of the works can be seen through the images below (the piece, still not completed, is tentatively called Terra Spill). I just completed two commissioned works which will be appearing on my website soon and am creating concepts for another major commissioned work for a collector of mine.

This weekend, I will be building my first new wooden supports, marking my departure from canvas to a new format. I am very excited about this development and even more so about the direction my work is taking. Over the next few weeks, I will be conceiving compositions for these new surfaces and am smiling as I type this.

Special Delivery

Over the weekend, I delivered two new commissioned paintings to some folks who had patiently waited for the arrival of their art. I always enjoy this part of the process. At the beginning of a commissioned project, there is an energy I share with my clients that comes from possibilities of creation and collaboration. Once I am able to capture and visually demonstrate my ideas, and they are accepted, that feeling shifts slightly to one of anticipation. There is no way I can precisely illustrate what the final work will look like, so there is a leap of faith between my finalized sketch and the finished painting. As a result, when the paintings are finally delivered to their new home, the emotion elevates to a point that always makes for a joyous reception. Last weekend was no exception.

I have included a picture of the paintings as they hang in their new home. To see each painting on its own, please visit http://www.jaredsteinberg.com/ccagallery.htm.

Paint Binder


I recently completed a commissioned work for a friend of mine who was surprising his wife for their anniversary. He wanted me to paint a picture of the house they will be moving from soon.

After our initial meeting, I was eager to get to work on his project. He was so enthusiastic about the collaboration. That enthusiasm, in turn, fueled my passion for the painting and so the ideas readily came to me. Though the work appears at first to be of the house alone, if you look closely, the windows in the center allude to several chapters from the family's history. Subtleties in my work are some of the things I enjoy most about painting. They help me create artwork you can come back to again and again, finding something different each time in a brushstroke, a color or even meaning.

The joy carried through the entire project- from the meeting, to the planning, painting, and eventual delivery of the final product. When the couple finally saw the finished piece, I knew from their reaction that what I had put into the work was received by them in a very special way. It is for this reason that I enjoy doing customized commissioned artwork- the emotional aspect of connecting with others through art.