Steve's love of art started early in life. While other children would lament field trips to the art museum, that was his favorite day of the school year! Steve's mother bought his first 'real' watercolor set of six tubes of paint when he was in elementary school and his love of watercolor was born. Growing up in a large family made finding time and space for painting difficult. Whenever possible Steve would steal away to the basement of his childhood home where he would paint but never show anyone what he had done. Steve remained a 'closet artist' until he attended Michigan State University and graduated with a degree in Studio Art. Steve later attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and studied Industrial Design. It wasn't until 2005 that Steve began showing his paintings in galleries and juried art exhibitions. He painted part-time until 2018 when he transitioned his career to full-time painter. He currently has signature membership with Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Society and Colorado Watercolor Society.
Steve's earliest influences and inspirations came from the Great Lakes region where he grew up. Throughout his lifetime he has been enamored of boats. Sailing vessels, lake freighters, military frigates; any type of boat has captured his imagination. Although Steve has resided in Colorado for many years, his paintings often reflect his love of the Great Lakes, fostered by frequent trips to his hometown near Detroit, Northern Michigan, and Wisconsin.
In addition to boats, Steve also paints landscapes and cityscapes. Steve frequently displays and sells work in local, state, regional, and national exhibitions and galleries. He offers workshops and demonstrations as well as individual and small group painting lessons to help other artists understand and learn his unique style. Steve's students range from the very inexperienced artist to the professional painter.
Often when we stand before nature, taking in the beauty and grandeur, we feel deeply connected to the magnificence of creation. What we view and feel in that moment is fleeting, however, and in the time it takes us to complete a breath cycle a leaf has fallen, the light has shifted, or a breeze has rearranged the foliage. Later, when we recall the experience, we don’t remember each leaf or twig or rock, but the essence of nature’s beauty lingers within our soul.
I don’t strive to paint static scenes. The goal is not to paint each leaf or twig or rock. Using movement and representation, I paint to nudge the beauty, lingering within the soul, to life. I paint to evoke memory and feeling and meaning.
This collection of paintings is intended to capture the feelings the viewer experiences in those moments of connection with nature. While the actual moments we experience in nature are ephemeral, these images give permanence to the feelings, allowing them to resurface upon each viewing and offering beauty for the soul.