My name is Steven Cromwell, I am a San Antonio Native but also grew up on the King Ranch in Kingsville, Texas. My adolescence allowed me to experience both the inner city and rural influences at the same time. I believe that is what not only makes my work as an artist diverse but also my work as an art teacher.
As an artist, Steven Cromwell has always been consumed by the thoughts of what lived up to that classic automobile to its final resting place in a pasture or to be left to collect dust in a barn. What lived up to the gas station where someone worked so hard to sustain as a business, their livelihood, but is now just an empty brick tomb. The barn that the Farmer or Rancher built to house the tools that allowed him to work the land but is now just structurally failing due to rotting support beams and natural elements. The purpose of Cromwell’s work is to express a sentiment to the life of these objects and structures, in which time cradles them. His structures are frozen time capsules that are slowly decomposing due to the exposure of natural elements or neglectful abandonment.
As an artist I have been creating drawings, paintings, and diorama miniatures that reflect places I feel are important to San Antonio history on a sentimental level. I hold an Associates of Fine Art from San Antonio College and a BA with Honors from the University of Texas at San Antonio. I am EC-12 Art and EC-5 Certified Teacher currently with Northside ISD teaching Middle School Art.