artist steven townsend, tara, monty, trooper,cheetah family, waiting for stan, watching
& waiting, loyalty, orange glow, sunrise buttermere, hawk, artwork by steven townsend,
Steven Townsend is a completely self taught artist. He was born in Colne, East Lancashire
in 1955 and still lives in the area with his wife and four children. Looking at the
quality of Steven’s work today, it is hard to believe that he showed no talent for
art as a schoolboy. He only began to paint when he was 27, during a period of redundancy
and illness. He felt the urge to copy a picture of a Kingfisher and, to his surprise;
he found he could do it with ease. This newly found talent has continued to flow
and develop ever since.
During this time Steven’s remarkable skill, technical ability and determination have
transformed him from a locally admired wildlife painter into one of the countries
leading artists. Recognised as such by the Trade (who voted him Artist of the Year
in 1999) and by an ever-increasing audience of admirers who have marvelled not only
at the talent of the man but also at his versatility.
His now famous dog pictures continue to sell out on publication and have proved to
be a sound investment. Anyone who had the foresight to buy a limited edition print
of Early Start on publication will have seen its value rocket from the £120 they
paid to £3,000 or more today. Many of his other dog pictures have also become collectors’
items, commanding values many times the price paid on publication.
Steven, however, is not just a painter of dogs. A long time admirer of Big Game,
particularly the big cats, he has produced a stunning series of pictures including
tigers, cheetahs, lions, leopards and most recently a captivating study of a puma
cub, Curiosity, who’s prints were sold out long before the painting was complete.
This has been followed by two portraits of wolves and an arresting image of a Polar
Bear with her cubs in snow called Warmth of Nature.
Steven’s other great love is birds. The hyper realistic nature of his paintings has
also made him one of the countries most collectable painters of British Birds. Not
satisfied with this he has added land and seascapes to his portfolio. This venture
has amazed and delighted established customers and captivated a whole new audience.
Steven paints in a converted garage at the family home, invariably accompanied by
classical music, his favourites being Mahler and Chopin. When not painting he spends
much of his time studying the work of many great painters. He particularly enjoys
the work of Peder Monsted, Bruno Lilijors and artists from the Newlyn School.
Steven has a strong Christian belief and his faith has provided the foundation to
his dedication and talent. Many customers are unaware that hidden in each and every
picture are the initials JTC (Jesus The Creator), affirming his belief. These initials
are so well hidden that they can take many hours of fun or frustration to find.