"I believe to be an artist is to be a student, to study your surroundings and train how best to express what one sees and feels, observing life and our surroundings. I create art because I’ve always been driven to express my inner thoughts and reflections on what I see and feel.
I find beauty in everything I see and my primary wish is to represent what I see with oil paints."
Steve comes from a large family of six sibling artisans who specialize in illustration, music, animation, metal work, painting, tile, and clay work. In 1985, after graduating with a degree in graphic design and illustration, Steve began the study of fine art, specifically focused on oil painting. He has been showing and selling artwork since 1989. With a background working as a graphic designer he is experienced in composition and enjoys working with form, color, rhythm, and design.
Since 2001, he has lived and worked in Sacramento. Prior to coming to Sacramento he lived and showed artwork in the San Francisco Bay Area, San Jose, and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Steve works quickly because he desires to keep spontaneity in his pieces. "If I find myself overworking an area I know it’s time to stop and take a break," he says.
Influences and Inspiration
Steve is very influenced by the impressionists, favoring Monet, Renoir, Degas, and Pissarro for their ideals of capturing light in their compositions—be they landscapes, still lifes, or figures. He also greatly admires Gustov Klimt for his amazing designs and Edward Hopper for his sense of story and mood. "It’s so exciting to learn to see through the eyes of well known master painters by studying their artwork and techniques," he says.
For the past few years, Steve has been studying Monet’s color theories as taught through the American Impressionist lineage passed down through master painters and the Cape Cod School of Art.
Steve says: "All of my artwork is in some manner an attempt to convey my firm belief in the goodness and beauty underlying all of nature and our environment. The American master painter Charles Hawthorn said that a good painter can make a slice of lemon floating in water in an old dishpan look beautiful. That’s my ideal."
Steve’s studio is full of artwork and he is currently seeking gallery spaces to show his paintings. To arrange a studio visit, inquire about pricing, or generally say hello, get in touch with Steve via the contact information below.
Phone: (916) 601-1067
To see more work, visit his website.