"Since I am primarily a contemporary landscape artist, I use the forms of nature to create some kind of dance between the natural world and my abstraction of it. Telluride is an incredibly dramatic place to live and study majestic mountain ranges and their contrast with the low plateaus and canyons.
My emotions come out in the colors that I use as well as in the emphasis that I give with different uses of lights and darks. Whether I'm working in acrylics or watercolors, my goal is more than just a snapshot of nice scenery; it's my interpretation of the mystery and awe of nature."
Within the last ten years Steve's paintings have been accepted in major shows around the Southwest including Texas Fine Arts Association, Austin; Watercolor Art Society, Houston; Rocky Mountain National Watercolor Exhibition, Golden; The Amarillo Competition; the Colorado Springs Biennial, and other
Steve's work is represented exclusively by Lucas Gallery in Telluride, Colorado. The Doral Resort in Telluride (now The Peaks) selected Steve as one of five artists to feature throughout the five star resort. He also has paintings on display in Julian's restaurant in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His paintings have found homes in private collections across the nation in over 25 cities, as well as in Europe.
AWARDS AND HONORS
Twice Steve's paintings have been chosen, from national juried shows, for the purchase award. One of his works is in the permanent collection at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. He also received the Creative Connection Gallery Award from the Foothills Art Center in Golden, Colorado. Steve was twice awarded the Marie Elkin Memorial Painting Scholarship while attending the University of Colorado.
Steve attended Washington University School of Art in St. Louis on an art scholarship. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree.
Steve, his wife Denise, daughter Ciara and baby Aidan, enjoy their life in the Southwest and especially in the Telluride area where they backpack, ski, bike and kayak, raft and go on fabulous picnics. Steve's love of travel and life in Colorado provide the rich resources for his paintings.