Steve Love

About the Artist

I have been painting all of my life. The images I paint are often inspired by what I see and feel when visiting the Big Sur, Santa Barbara, and Ventura coasts. I photograph constantly, but generally will use an original reference photo as a guide, allowing it to remind me of the beauty, wonder, and mystery of nature.

I am a full-time professional painter working out of my home studio in Ventura, California. Educated at California State University East Bay (Hayward), I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in fine arts and a single subject teaching credential in art. I was fortunate to study the classical techniques of painting for ten years with Marion Douglas. I also taught high school art classes (art media, drawing and painting, and advanced placement studio art:drawing) for thirty-six years. Thirty-three of those years were in the Conejo Valley Unified School District, eleven years at Westlake High School, and twenty-two years at Thousand Oaks High School.

I have exhibited oil paintings and Giclee prints in these galleries:

  • Mona Froyland Gallery and Frame Shop, Castro Valley
  • Bodega Bay Gallery
  • Canyonwood Studio and Gallery, Westlake
  • Ventura Picture Framing
  • Visions Fine Art Gallery, Morro Bay

Many of my paintings and Giclee prints are in private and corporate collections. Oil paint is the primary medium and I always work on stretched canvas. The painting techniques that I use are dry brush, spot glazing, glazing, wet into wet, wet over dry paint, and many thin layers of paint which give the painting a natural and lifelike appearance, I draw and sketch landscapes and seascapes from life and do on location studies for each painting. I spend time outdoors swimming, surfing, fishing, hiking, sailing, watching sunsets in the wide open spaces, and encountering countless wonders of nature.