Artist Steven Anzardo lies on fall leaves holding one of his paintings. Anzardo traveled the country in his SUV painting landscapes.

‘Hit the Road Without a Plan’: Artist Travels Country Painting, Finds Home in St. George

Artist Steven Anzardo lies on fall leaves holding one of his paintings. Anzardo traveled the country in his SUV painting landscapes. (Steven Anzardo)

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ST. GEORGE – One man’s desire to explore and paint diverse landscapes across the United States culminated in a cross-country road trip, with an SUV serving as a mobile home and painting studio. He charted his travels on canvas and found himself in Washington County, a place he now calls home.

Artist Steven Anzardo told St. George News he grew up in Homestead, Florida. He said that during his childhood he never had the opportunity to travel and see different places. He only knew what the summer and the fruit trees looked like, but he was eager to see the diversity that other parts of the country offered.

“There were pictures of me drawing before I remembered me doing this,” he said. “It was always something I wanted to do.”

Anzardo said he was clumsy growing up and found art to be a channel he was able to dig into and create instead of being anxious about the outside world. He said that in high school he had amazing art teachers who made all their living from their art and showed him that it was possible.

With Florida being a fruit paradise, Anzardo said he’s always loved trees and climbing them. Devoting more discipline to the mentality of art, he began to paint en plein air and became obsessed with painting landscapes.

“I play all kinds of compositional games, like I want to tilt hot and pull the viewer in this way, you know, soft spirals and curves and angles,” Anzardo said. “Pretty shapes and pretty colors, that’s my whole lifestyle, chasing pretty shapes and pretty colors.”

Anzardo said he had just returned to school when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. He lost his job as a painting teacher, a job he loved. He was ready to travel the world before the pandemic, so he saw it as an opportunity to cross the country to observe the different landscapes and seasons he had never seen before.

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