Painters, then and now


Edward Uecker

Some paintings from artist Steven Uecker.

Edward Uecker, Plaid Truth Staff

Artists come in all shapes and sizes, the purest form of which is arguably the “painter.” What splashes on the canvas is simply an extension of what one feels and interprets of the world around them, so is there a difference between an adult’s artistic sensibilities and a teenagers?

Let’s find out! 

“I usually just paint when I’m bored or stressed so I just look for things that I think look interesting or that I like and paint something similar,” said senior Jasmine Cisneros.

“Bored” and “Stressed” are the optimal words here, teenagers have not achieved a sense of emotional maturity yet so it explains how they view their own artwork. It’s just another venue to waste time in-between test scores that will determine one’s future and homework deadlines, paired with video games and their smart-phones.

An adult artist is typically more wary of surroundings encompassing them everyday, so it’s more likely that their paintings carry a certain baggage from years of life experience.

“I paint to get out all the icky stuff and maybe feel a bit better about myself,” said 44 year-old Steven Uecker.

A generational divide is important to consider as well. Is there such a difference between painters that grew up during the MTV era and those in the digital age? According to these anecdotes, there may not be. 

“Spongebob influenced a few of my paintings, I have a painting of Spongebob jellyfishing in jellyfish fields and then one of Spongebob, Patrick, and Squidward’s houses,” said junior Morgan Beck.

Even in a century where social media rules, children still find solace in the warm embrace of old school tube viewing. Uecker said “He-Man and Thundercats” were a massive inspiration for him growing up as a young boy in early eighties suburbia. Different time periods and shows, but their innocent brains still drowned in identical creative juices.

Artists are every generation’s tomato can profession or a career barely resembling a career. However, surely a person growing up during an age of liberalism would have a better chance of seeking parental approval than another individual who grew up in a conservative decade?

Regarding her parents Beck said, “my parents don’t really have a role in my art sometimes they’ll get me new canvases or paints”

“They don’t really mind it, I don’t think they really have an opinion on it,” said Cisneros.

On the same token, Uecker said, “My parents hated it.”

A slight contrast. Today’s youths judging from a very small sample size, are encouraged to a certain extent. Of course, it’s a subjective thing which could mean something different for many different families regarding if art is slandered as a “vulgar” term.

These small interviews showcase a maturity difference but inspirations remain the same, and as these young people continue to work through the wringer, a worldly perspective shall come to fruition.