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Steve Henderson, 1957 ~ Realism / Impressionist painter

Steve Henderson is an artist from Washington focusing on landscapes, seascapes and figurative work in a style that fuses impressionism with realism. A lifetime fine artist, Steve Henderson pursued a successful career in illustration before turning to fine art fulltime. His paintings are sold and displayed nationwide through exhibitions, shows, and galleries.
About his art, Steve says: "I look for, and paint, beauty, as a counteracting effect of our media-saturated fascination with ugliness. Yes, the world is a brutal place, but it is also our home. There is peace, serenity, quietude, thoughtfulness, majesty, grace, joy, and hope in this home of ours -and that is what I paint".

Contemporary realist Jack Beal landed upon Steve's website and wrote Steve, “I have just become aware of your work, and I am fascinated. The humanism and colors of your pictures are wonderful”. His thoughts mirror that of collectors, viewers, and gallery owners, many of whom comment on Steve's free, yet controlled, use of color and brushtroke movement.

The Artist Says:
'It's amazing how a landscape or coastal scene deepens when a human being is part of it. Whether the figure is the focal point, as in Queen Anne's Lace, or more subtly incorporated, as in Wild Child, that human element draws us in and closer to the entire painting.
I concentrate on the innocence, yet sophistication, of the 21st century woman. There is this misconception that innocence and naivete are interchangeable, and unless a model is bored, sullen, and provocative, then she does not possess wisdom, intellect, or attraction. This is fallacy indeed.
In works such as Promenade, Lady of the Lake, Enchanted, Cadence, and others, I see, interpret, find, and paint the inner beauty that shines forth from truly stunning, yet gracious, young women. They are confident yet kind, bold yet humble, innocent yet wise

Select Awards
Juror's Award • Paint the Parks National Exhibiton • El Dorado, KS • 2013
Top 50 (out of 4,000) • Artist of the Year • Artist and Illustrator Magazine • 2012
"Core Artist" • The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport • Mystic, CT • 2012
Excellence Award • Best of America • National Oil and Acrylic Painter's Society • Bolivar, MO • 2011
Best of Show • Heritage Show • Clarkston, WA • 2011
Award of Merit • Maritime Art Exhibit – 17th Annual • Coos Art Museum • Coos Bay, OR • 2010
David E. Clark Memorial Award • 2009 Allied Arts Regional Juried Exhibition • Richland, WA • 2009
Semi-Finalist • Art Renewal Center 2008/09 International Salon• Glenham, NY • 2009
Favorite Fifteen • Fine Art Studio Online top 15% • 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 (multiple)
Second Place • Wallowa Valley Festival of the Arts • Joseph, OR • 2010
First Place, Second Place • Wallowa Valley Festival of the Arts • Joseph, OR • 2009
Best of Show, First Place • Wallowa Valley Festival of the Arts • Joseph, OR • 2008
Best of Show, Director’s Award • Carnegie Regional Juried Art Show • Walla Walla, WA • 2008
People’s Choice • Allied Arts Members Carry-In Show • Richland, WA • 2008
Honorable Mention •Clymer National Juried Illustration Show • Ellensburg, WA • 2008

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