Steve lives in rural Aberdeenshire, in the north east of Scotland. He grew up in Pembrokeshire, Wales, but has also lived in England, Ireland, Spain and Sweden and travelled widely. From the age of 5 he knew he wanted to study the natural world and this led him to a degree in ecology and a career studying wildlife and landscape at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and, since 2007, at the University of Aberdeen.
Steve never lost his passion for art, despite working in science and over the years, he has worked with artists on several projects exploring the boundaries between the disciplines. Eventually the urge to paint became too powerful to suppress.
“I paint to capture light and the essence of landscapes. Mostly, I work in watercolour because I love its luminosity, its immediacy and its unpredictability, but I also work with ink, charcoal, pastels, acrylics and oils and whatever else I can get my hands on. I rely extensively on my experiences working, walking, getting cold and wet in a variety of landscapes. My work builds on direct observation in the field, but I also draw heavily on memories, feelings and an emotional response to the natural world. Emotion is at the heart of my paintings.”