“I didn’t come from a family of artists, I wasn’t top of my class or win a lot of awards but I’ve always had a strong work ethic and the passion to work on my craft.” Born in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and raised in Richmond, Virginia he discovered his love for art at a very early age. With little interest in anything else, Steven took the next big step toward his pursuit of a career in art when he earned his bachelor’s degree in fine arts at Virginia Commonwealth University. He would later earn his masters in fine arts from Marywood University, where he also met his wife/ fellow artist Evelyn.
Instant success was not in the cards as Steven continued showing at a string of coffee shops, libraries, and other businesses. Eventually, his hard work paid off with a few local awards that soon caught the attention of two gallery owners. Since his venture into gallery life, his landscapes have been well received by collectors as his paintings are part of several private collections such as Airstream Inc., Hilton Hotels, the Boy Scouts of America, Dominion Resources, Virginia State Department, the National Parks Service, the Columbus Convention Center, and the United States Air Force.
Since going full time as an artist in 2008, Steven has been included in several local and national juried competitions including the Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional show (Award of Excellence), Richeson 75 Landscape Competition, Plein Air Salon, the International Salon Competition, the Oil Painters of America National (Honorable Mention), the Oil Painters of America Salon (Award of Excellence) and the Art Renewal Center. Steven also had the privilege of being a part of a statewide traveling exhibition with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
He has participated in several artists residency programs in Michigan, Indiana, Iowa, and Colorado. In 2014, he was selected to create the Ohio Governor’s Art Awards by the Ohio Arts Council and in 2015 he received an honorable mention in the Southwest Art Magazine’s Artistic Excellence Competition.
Steven continues to work hard on the advancement of his career, with the assistance of his lovely wife Evelyn and studio assistant/daughter Poppy. Currently, his work is represented in Kentucky, Ohio, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Oklahoma, and Washington, D.C.
“I should have quit years ago but that would have proven so many people right.” – SW