Steve has honed a brilliant method of capturing a subject’s essence by combining subtle and bold brush strokes with an expressive color palette. A master in oils, watercolor, and charcoal, Steve’s work receives praise from collectors and fans worldwide. Art is a universal language, and Steve’s work easily communicates with the experiences and emotions of the viewer; or relays to them an unfamiliar experience they can then also feel for themselves.
Steve made his way into the Colorado history archives when he created the "Ashes to Art" project following the devastating 2012 Waldo Canyon Fire that wiped out his neighborhood, raising the funding for the permanent Waldo Canyon Fire memorial.
"Ashes to Art"
Mountain Shadows in Colorado Springs lost 347 homes and two residents in the Waldo Canyon Fire of June 2012, at that time, the most destructive fire in Colorado history.
The “Ashes to Art” project was created to ultimately show gratitude and help my neighborhood in Colorado Springs.The artwork incorporated charcoal and ash found in our yard and neighborhood, initially were for my own emotional therapy. Then, they became a way that I could use my skills to thank the firefighters and police officers and also to help my neighbors who lost everything.
Many pieces are made on reclaimed doors as a symbol of Mountain Shadows rebuilding and community strength.
Full profits from the auction sales of the series fully funded the Waldo Canyon Fire Memorial in Mountain Shadows Park.
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