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  Steve’s interest in art began in early childhood, consisting of drawing and coloring just like most children. His skill and ability quickly became evident and his drawings were far more advanced than kids that were much older. Art was a passion that was encouraged by his family and teachers. By the time he was in high school in East Grand Forks, his artistic talent had been honed to a level that normal teachers could not improve. Luckily he had one teacher with the ability to help develop his talent. Myke Knutson was the most influential person to guide him in the world of art. When Steve left to attend college at UNLV in 1981. His focus was on business and not art. Steve was a writer for a campus radio show and let him remain creative in a different way. He remained in Las Vegas for a handful of years and worked in different areas. He was a toy store manager, a retail manager until he opened his first T shirt shop in 1992. Steve had been introduced to airbrushing, but had not decided to make it one of his main tools until that time. He quickly established himself as a capable self-  taught airbrush artist able to paint on almost any surface. His work began to get recognized and he was invited to perform a demo and display art work at Coast Airbrush in Anaheim for the Createx paint company. That show led to invitations by numerous manufacturers to represent their products. In 1992, Steve moved to Chicago and gained even more exposure after painting murals for Boogie’s Diner. These included celebrity portraits that led to requests for commissioned art work for galleries and private clientele. Some of the clients included the Nike Basketball Operations Vice President, Michael Jordan, Duff McKagan, Grover Jackson, and Washburn Guitars customers Steve Stevens, Meatloaf, Vince Neil, and Troy Aikman. He was asked to teach airbrush classes for Genesis which is now Chicago Airbrush. He taught both beginner and intermediate classes, even though he had never taken a class himself. In late 1993, Steve left Chicago and returned to Minnesota, relocating to the Twin Cities area. He quickly established a partnership with fellow airbrush artist Kent Lind and opened a T shirt painting kiosk in the Rosedale Mall. The quality of Steve’s art won him first place in the International Airbrush Excellence competition held by Airbrush Action Magazine. His winning art was published in the magazine and he was invited to contribute a chapter in the book Airbrush Techniques, which focused on portrait techniques and color theory. His art was used on the cover. At that point the personal art and commission requests became so frequent that he decided to focus on fine art and open his own studio.  Steve began teaching classes for a number of different companies. He taught advanced technique classes for Airbrush Action Magazine three times a year for ten years. He has taught classes for Iwata, Aset, Createx, House of Kolor, PPG, and Auto Body Specialties. His classes covered airbrush use and technique, color useage and mixing, portrait painting, pinups, wildlife, and custom applications. He not only instructed in airbrush use, but full size spray gun use including base, color, and clear coats as well as metallic, pearls, and graphics. Known for his ability to mix superior flesh tones, Steve was asked to develop two lines of portrait colors for Wicked Paint and Iwata/Medea that are currently sold internationally. He has received national recognition for his work through House of Kolor and Iwata that led to invitations to perform demos at the SEMA show in Las Vegas; a trip to Germany as a celebrity judge for a motorcycle show; display art at the Back to The 50s car show; painting graphics on Jon Kosmoski’s personal motorcycle well as traveling to Orange County Choppers to train the staff on new HOK products. Steve has done commissioned art for: Walt Disney, Nike, Washburn Guitars, Coke, NBA, NFL, MLB, McDonald’s founder’s widow Joan Croc, Ed Roth’s wife Ilene and son Dennis, Michael Jordan, Prince, Brooks & Dunn, Louie Anderson, Clint Eastwood, Sabina Kelly, Randy Couture, Pyrate Skateboards, East Grand Forks High School, Aset owner Bill Williams, Jeff Eddington from HOK, and the first biodiesel and ethanol cars for Middle Tennessee State University. Some of the charities that Steve has donated artwork to include: Minnesota Timberwolves Children’s Foundation, Jacob Wetterling Foundation, Tiger Woods Foundation, Mike Morris and the Spinal Muscular Atrophy Foundation, Disney Corporation Children’s Foundation, Chrylser Corporation, NDSU Autism Foundation Steve has permanent displays of art in Aset’s Airbrush Art Gallery in Salt Lake City; Color Craft in Connecticut; Art O Graph in Buffalo, Minnesota; Airbrush Action in New York; and Iwata in Portland.  


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