A native North Carolinian, Steven spent his youth in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains of the Tarheel State.
His artistic abilities were realized at an early age, and he was encouraged to draw, paint and be creative. Steven notes, “Crayons were among my earliest of friends.” He later studied drawing and painting privately under the guidance of American southern artist Abbe Rose Cox, who was once listed as one of the top ten women artists in the nation. Steven also pursued other artistic outlets including vocal and piano performance, ultimately earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of North Carolina Greensboro.
While Steven embraces many forms of creative expression, his first love has always been painting. Passionate about his work, his most treasured time is spent in the studio were he can pour out his creative energy onto the canvas.
A sincere desire to create exceptional and lasting works of art is Steven’s primary goal when working with clients. “Making a positive difference in the lives of others gives meaning and memory to my work.” This philosophy of endurance guides Steven in creating family heirlooms that will last for generations. His love for people and pets is evident in his work.
Steven is a life fellow of The Portrait Institute and member of various art organizations. He has exhibited his artwork in North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, and Washington D.C.; and his paintings are in private collections in California, Texas, North Dakota, Indiana, Missouri, Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.
Steven moved to Bristol, Tennessee in 2003 and has served as Executive Director of the Kingsport Art Guild since July of 2005. He relocated his studio in 2014 becaming a resident artist at the Arts Depot in historic Abingdon, Virginia.
My Artist Pledge
As an artist, I am proud of this profession and conscious of its great heritage, and I pledge to maintain the dignity of this profession. I pledge that every painting that leaves my studio will represent my best effort as a creative artist. The painting I am working on now is the most important one of all to me, and I will spare no effort to make it the finest work of art of which I am capable. I pledge that I will employ only fine-quality materials and will take the traditional precautions to ensure the permanence of your painting. I am conscious that I am producing not only a painting but also an enduring work of art.
Restoration & Cleaning
- I restore oil and acrylic artwork
- I repair punctures, tares & rips
- Cleaning oil and acrylic art
- Restore and repair old photos
- Restore damaged pastel artwork
- Text or Call for pricing 423 767 0858
- Private Lessons in my studio
- Zoom online private lessons
- Individual art critique
- Show & Exhibition Judge
- Personal and Corporate
- Posthumous Portrates
- Animal Portraits
- Estates and Home Portraits
- Landscapes, Seascapes, Flowers
The Arts Depot
314 Depot Square
Thursday – Saturday: 10am – 4pm
Wednesday: 1pm – 4pm
And By Appointment