Valdosta Daily Times


October 6, 2013

Art as Life

Artist brings life to his canvases

VALDOSTA — Artist Steven Michael Tette Sr.’s paintings capture moments not just in a life but moments that seem to resonate with American lives.

Some of his paintings capture the new Americana of a modern Norman Rockwell while others illustrate the cold fact of a nation at war for more than a decade.

But it is Tette’s life that informs his paintings.

“My history starts in the Midwest. I was reared between two parents and two cities in Michigan,” Tette says in an artistic statement. “I spent most of my adult life in the service of my country. At the present time, I am an art educator. I believe this is a continuation of my service, however, now my service is in direct contact to my community in which I live.”

At the age of 17, he enlisted in the Army, according to a biography provided by the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts, where Tette’s work is on exhibit. He was involved in the Persian Gulf War, the Somali conflict, and hurricane-relief efforts.

These experiences “give him a personal acquaintance with the abundant ills of the world, and the gravity of the maliciousness of man,” according to this biography. “After being medically retired from service, Steven enrolled as a full-time student studying biology. At the urging of his parents, Steven decided to change his major to art education. They believed art could serve as therapy for the distress he endured while in the service.”

As an artist and an art educator, Tette believes art can change lives.

“... I want to model lifelong learning for my students,” he says. “I wish to open the eyes of my students to see what is beyond what is right in front of them, and how they can participate in their communities. I also want to show my students that they can enrich their own lives through art.”

Tette’s work reflects his views of the world.

“My work reflects an eclectic synthesis of my background, present life, and concepts of mind,” Tette says. “Using oil and graphite as the mediums for this exhibition, I envision myself allowing the scale of my works to give power, presence and significance to what otherwise could be overlooked or dismissed as mundane.”

Text Only
  • 140418-AR_Paul_Townsend001.jpg Graphic novelist draws on inspiration

    A few moments with graphic artist Paul Townsend is all you need to understand that his mind swirls with stories that he’s willing to explore on paper – no matter where they take him.

    April 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • Pompeys Pillar.JPG Pompeys Pillar

    Along their journey west to the Pacific and return east to St. Louis, Lewis and Clark left numerous marks recording their presence in order to validate a claim to the land for the United States.

    April 20, 2014 5 Photos

  • 1vsusr2014.jpg seen.yer-shoh

    Two of the most revealing exhibits each year at the Valdosta State University Fine Art Gallery are the fall and spring senior art shows.

    April 20, 2014 4 Photos

  • Film Review Draft Day_Rich copy.jpg ‘Draft Day’ scores a field goal at the theater

    Our reviewer looks at the movies "Draft Day'" and "Rio 2."

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • emerging1.jpg Emerging Artists: VSU shines spotlights on student performers

    Three years ago, Valdosta State University Theatre & Dance created a twist on its seasons’ conclusions.

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • bicycle safety.jpg SGMC, Kohl’s to host Bike Smart safety event

    SGMC, Kohl’s Department Store, Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department and Safe Kids Lowndes County will host Bike Smart!

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140410-AR-Wake_Compound001.jpg Bringing wakeboards to Lowndes

    In college, many dream of their future career paths and, while some may seem far fetched, some people are able to make theirs a reality. Luke Tilt and Quinn Silvernale were able to do just that.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140401-Ballet003.jpg Beautiful Dancers

    The Ballet School in Valdosta offers children with special needs the chance to live out their dreams of being a dancer. For many, this may have seemed like a far fetched dream given their physical limitations, but as the Ballet School proves, there is no such thing as a physical limitation.

    April 13, 2014 5 Photos

  • Dido and Aeneas 1.jpg VSU Opera, Chamber Singers Present ‘Dido and Aeneas’ April 19-20

    The Valdosta State University Department of Music will present “Dido and Aeneas” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, and 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 20, in the West Hall Rotunda. Seating is limited to 100 people per performance.

    April 12, 2014 2 Photos

  • Film Review Captain A_Rich copy.jpg A salute to ‘Captain America’

    Our reviewer looks at "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," 'The Grand Budapest hotel' and "Bad Words."

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

Top News

Given the amount of rain recently, what's your favorite “rain” song?

Singing in the Rain
Purple Rain
Have You Ever Seen the Rain?
November Rain
Rainy Night in Georgia
     View Results