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Of Pawnee and Cherokee descent, the Native American has  always been Steven’s favorite subject matter. However, to fully depict  the legacy of America's western heritage, he finds it necessary to also  focus his creative energies on cowboys, cattle & ranch life; early  mountain men & explorers; U.S. Cavalry & pioneers; wildlife &  landscapes – all done with a historical emphasis. Steven’s  participation in living history reenactments provides him with a  firsthand visual reservoir of ideas, authenticity and cultural truths.

 

“I  firmly believe that having an experiential knowledge of Plains Indian  culture, western frontier life and America's beautiful landscapes has  enabled me to create oil on canvas images that reflect the legacy of the  American West.” 

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These  narratives have become a hallmark of his work and a much  appreciated insight for his collectors. The March/April 2002 issue of  Art of the West magazine entitled a feature article on Steven as “Visual  Memories”, detailed his hands-on experience in period reenactments.  The article provided a rare glimpse into Steven’s past efforts at making  authentic Plains Indian costume reproductions, many of which are  incorporated in his paintings.

 

In November of 2002, Steven was  acknowledged as an Oil Painters of America Master signature  member. He stated “ to be recognized as a master is the culmination of  a lot of hard work, personal sacrifice and dedication”. Art Chowder  magazine in July/August 2016 featured Steven for an exclusive  interview detailing his thoughts regarding the Western Art Market and  how he renders his subject matter. More recently the 2020 July/ August issue of Art of the West again featured Steven with an article  entitled “Portraits of the Past” with further insight into how he has  worked to overcome a 2004 stroke and how the tragic loss of his  mother in 2018 has sharpened his efforts to become a better artist.

In 2003 he was commissioned to produce a painting for the  National Park Service at the Washita National Historic Site in  Cheyenne, Oklahoma. The 1868 Battle of the Washita depicts the  dawn attack on Black Kettle’s Southern Cheyenne encampment by Lt.  Colonel George Custer’s 7th. Cavalry. The painting has been lauded as  a "superior work of art" by Department of the Interior officials. He  followed that up by completing another commission for the NPS in  2017 to render 2 paintings for the Fort Union National Monument in  New Mexico.  

In September of 2022 at the Bosque Art Classic he was awarded  both the John Steven Jones and Gold Medal in Oils awards for his  painting entitled Portrait of a Lakota.  Over the years, Steven has enhanced his painting skills by taking  art instruction from several Cowboy Artists of America members  including R.S. Riddick, Jim Norton, Martin Grelle and Bruce Green.  He also sees the importance of sharing his knowledge and experience  with other artists. 

Steven has become a highly recognized, awarded and  accomplished artist of the Old West. He has established himself with  realistic oil originals and his paintings are sought out by private and  corporate patrons of fine art throughout America and Europe. 

Steven lives in California on the Monterey Peninsula with LeAnn,  his lovely bride of over 20 years and their son Joshua. He dedicates  his career to the memories of his parents…

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