- Ventura, CA

Dimensions: 17" x 11" x 2.5"

Steve Cook is a painter who specializes in painterly photo-realism. He paints both in the studio and plein-air. The subjects of his work range from land and seascapes, surfing culture, old buildings and cars, gardens and the people who live in all these arenas. He has studied with some of the best modern plein-air painters (Ken Auster, John Comer, George Stickland and Ovanes Berberian). The plein air experience has enhanced his comprehension of color and light. He also likes to paint big paintings and often does oil paintings using old surfboards as a canvas.

His work is on display at galleries in Ventura, Santa Barbara and Carpinteria, several local restaurants and surf shops. He also has pieces in many private collections in the United States and Europe. He recently was chosen by Firestone Vineyards to have 3 of his paintings featured on labels for a new series of wines. His studio is in Pierpont Beach, Ventura and is always open to visitors (call ahead). He is a life long surfer, a former Peace Corps Volunteer and a graduate of San Diego State University.

He and his wife Carol have lived in Ventura for over 30 years and truly enjoy being part of the burgeoning art scene in their hometown.