Steve’s distinctive and vibrant coastal scenes encourage viewers to create their own narrative. His images are naïve, loose and painterly in execution; deceptively simple they owe much to the influence of the early St Ives School, in particular to Alfred Wallis.
Steve has a background in graphic design from the days when it was still completely based on hand drawn images rather than computer skills. This gave him a thorough grounding in technique and a unique understanding of the relationship between colour and emotion which comes through so strongly in his work.
The harbours in the paintings are fictional and express the romance of the sea and the safety of the ports; the long reflections produce a wonderful feeling of calm – a far cry from his youthful ambitions to rock the boat as a member of a punk band. He has enjoyed sailing, rowing and kayaking to a high level for many years, and attributes his characteristic ‘high horizons’ to the viewpoint he has of the land from the water, particularly when kayaking.
In 2012 Steve was delighted to be invited to join ABNA, the Association of British Naive Artists. Exhibiting through them in the nation’s galleries brought him to prominence and his reputation has gone from strength to strength.