Steve was born in 1956 in Salt Lake City, Utah and continues to live there in the area with his wife.
At the age of ten, Steve began painting in oils with his grandfather, who was also an artist. Two years later, his grandfather bought him his first paint set.
Steve’s education in Art ranges from studies at the University of Utah to travels in Russia, Paris and England. While in Russia, he gained a wealth of knowledge from Russian artists and from frequenting museums and art academies. He continues his education through painting and studying with other artists.
Steve admires the spontaneity and light of the Impressionists and the rich values of the Old Masters. He saw many of these works first hand in Russia and Paris, and has combined the strengths of these two schools to create his own style. Using an extremely limited palette, he acquires amazing color harmony in each painting.
Steve can often be found in a rural area or in someone’s garden painting “en plein aire” with his good friends, fellow artists. He feels that the sounds, smells and atmosphere play an integral role in the true emotion of each painting.
His most recent awards include the “3rd Place Purchase Award” and “3rd Place Cash Award for the Heber City “Paint Out”,and “3rd Place Cash Award” for the Midway City “Paint Out” at the “Wasatch Plein Air Paradise” show in Midway, Utah.
Also, he won 2nd Place in the Holladay Plein Air Show this Summer.
” My intention is not to copy nature, but to capture a peaceful moment with feeling, mood, and simplicity. Thus allowing the viewer to participate more in their own interpretation of the scene. If I give them all the information in the immense detail of a painting, I have robbed the viewer of their integral part of involvement in my work.”