A supportive and accessible art studio
Nature is the primary inspiration for Steve’s art. In his paintings, he tries to create the feeling of reality, though not in the photographic sense. His paintings draw you in and make you feel that you are present in the scene, feeling the winds and smelling the pines. His compositions are both bright and serene, which reflects his personal experience – Steve has spent his lifetime exploring and hiking the remote areas of British Columbia, and he brings the landscapes he sees back to the studio.
Steve’s visual impairment gives him an unique set of challenges. For example, his astigmatism makes it difficult to use traditional techniques such as perspective, but he sees his disability in a positive light. Unable to focus on detail, he has to interpret the larger scene and capture the essence of what he is painting. He feels that his lack of depth perception gives him a huge advantage when transferring a three dimensional scene into two dimensions.
Steve is a founding member and director of ‘Artists Helping Artists’ in Burnaby, an art co-operative dedicated to bringing together able-bodied and disabled artists in a collaborative workspace. His works hang in private and corporate collections across North America. He has been exhibiting his art for many years in both solo and group contexts.
Art, to me, is a spiritual expression. Through my paintings and photographs I am searching for the resonance that the subject, whether a natural vista or urban landscape, evokes in me. I then try to communicate that resonance through the brush or the camera lens.
I work primarily in acrylics, pastels and watercolor and I use bold colors and direct, uncluttered compositions that speak strongly to the viewer.