Evan J. Garza: Your work features a great deal of colorful negative space. Tell me about that.
Steve Locke: The space in between is the third thing in the painting.
So, there’s you, there’s me, and then there’s the space between us. And what is that space? When you’re in love with somebody, if you’re at a party together, you don’t even have to see them to know where they are in the room because the space between the two of you is so small. And I think about that in painting, like how a color can collapse the space between two people. So, a certain pink can make people feel like they’re right next to each other even though they’re a mile apart. The way that shows up visually also has something to do with how it shows up emotionally. I love that about painting.