Art Lift - Oct 05 2020

Steve Sweetser

Steve is a well-known local artist in San Francisco. He lives a leisurely and happy life, but to our surprise, his previous life consisted of being a veterinarian.

He said that the past was too bitter and did not want to look back, but now he just wants to be grateful for the present. In the end, what kind of life must he have experienced so that his art comes through as warm, delicate, and straightforward? His works glimmer with boldness and vibrancy, just like the warm California sunshine.

Putting down the scalpel and picking up the paintbrush

01 From passion to desperation

In high school, Steve was obsessed with riding horses and dreamt of becoming a vet. But afterward, he discovered that it is one thing to ride a horse, but it is another thing to treat one.

So then he resolutely gave up farm animal medicine and turned to pet medicine. What he never expected were the challenges that came with it.

According to the Washington Post in 2019, the suicide rate of veterinarians in the United States is three times the national average of other occupations. 1 in 6 veterinarians has considered suicide; this high rate is due to fierce competition in running a business, the high pressure of holding an animal’s life in their hands, and working extremely long hours. Another key factor is that veterinarians are often forced to act as funeral directors to euthanize animals, which will cause them to fall into ethical conflicts and moral dilemmas -- ordinary people cannot imagine mental torture.

In 1996, his pet hospital declared bankruptcy. After 25 years, even after saving countless animals while being in tremendous mental stress, Steve’s life was thrown into a desperate situation.

02. Nirvana

There is a time when through desperation springs a well of life. With Steve’s professional experience and reputation in the industry, he accepted the invitation of the largest humanitarian aid agency in the United States to start training a new generation of young surgical animal doctors.

Every day together with the new generation of doctors, he felt the tremendous hearth of of goodwill and love allowed him to feel the harmony of everything in the world.

"Three years ago I was in France. A year ago in Spain,as well as Paris, Barcelona, ​​Madrid, Toledo, Bilbao..."

Traveling to palaces of art, Steve looks radiant every time he talks about it. His eyes shine, just like the flower of art blooming in its home.

03. Phoenix

Steve said that life itself is the best gift, and opportunities are always favored by those who really look for beauty. At first, he contacted many art galleries. The rejection was the main outcome. But throughout all of this and especially his life, sincerity is worth its weight in gold. True success is in perseverance, in not being overpowered. In the end, the circle of art opened up to him.

Steve is LGBT, a group that has been historically disenfranchised and discriminated against. But he said that as long as you don’t let them, no one can hurt you.

Similarly, in his creation, he fully respects his ideas and will not deliberately cater to critics. He seeks to express the pure beauty seen through his own eyes, and hopes that you will enjoy the visual joy he shares.

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艺术家:Steve Sweetser

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尺寸:48* 36英寸

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