Steve first started painting as a senior in college (1971), but took an extended hiatus from painting while he and his wife raised a family and he pursued a career in industry. With their two boys grown and on their own, Steve picked up the brushes again seven years ago. His education is not at all typical for an artist. He has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Rutgers University and an MBA in Operations Management also from Rutgers. Steve points out that Leonardo Da Vinci was an engineer as well as a formidable artist. Steve likes embarking on this “right brain” journey for the second half of his life after a “left brain” career in industry. Steve believes that an artist must possess an awareness and develop an ability to see objects in detail, in relationship to one another, and in the abstract.
Steve has painted predominantly landscapes in oil over the past several years and has recently taken various painting and drawing courses with some very excellent instructors at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria. Several of his landscape works have been accepted in juried shows including The Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia (Aug '09), the Young at Art Show in Alexandria (Oct '09) and the Treasury of Art Show in Vienna, Virginia (Nov '09, Nov’10, Nov ’11, Nov’12, Nov ‘13) the Rittenhouse Fine Art Show in Philadelphia (Sept’10), and the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival in Reston (May ’11). He has also been invited to show his work at the Oatlands Plantation in Leesburg and at the Burwell Morgan Mill Art Show in 2012, 2013, and 2014. Steve is a member of the Vienna Arts Society, the Art League, the Artist’s Undertaking Gallery in Occoquan, and Arts in the Village Gallery in Leesburg, where many of his works are on permanent display.