Steven C Davis ~ aka Esteban
1979 Just before leaving California to Hawaii
Steven was Born August 29, 1957 in Long Beach California. At a very young age his parents noticed that he had a gift and natural ability to draw and paint. They encouraged him and he received early education in the field of art. By the time he was in high school Steven was taking college art classes at night. He sold his first painting during that time and painted an award winning mural at his school. After high school Steven was given a mural project at a local swim club. He attended college art classes at El Camino Jr. College in Gardena, Ca. and Art Center School of Design in Pasadena, California. Just getting serious in painting at age 19 he entered his first juried show in Avalon, Santa Catalina Island, California and won Best Amateur and First Place Portrait.
2006 at the North rim of the Grand Canyon
~ Photo- Sarah Felts
Now Steven wanted to paint full time but needed some regular income so he worked part time picture framing. Dreaming of being close to nature and getting out of the city prompted a move to Hawaii in 1979. Here he found endless inspiration and beauty. For the next four years Steven painted consistently and was represented by some of finest galleries around the State of Hawaii. Honolulu, Lahaina, Kona and Kauai. Then in 1983 Steve and his new family, wife Ellen and daughter Allison moved to Sedona, Arizona.
Original Printmaking captured his interest and Steve enrolled in Lithography classes at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. Acquiring a hand press and limestone blocks fueled a few years of exploration including another class in Monotype at Arizona State University. In 1985 his second daughter Jennifer was born. 1991 Steve and his family moved back to Kauai . Continuing watercolors, acrylics and now oils, came a pivotal point in his life, keeping a remote studio home next to Waimea Canyon in Kokee State park. Steve painted incessantly, practiced yoga, played music, hunted, hiked and explored the pure wilderness in the mountains and canyons of Kauai. Steven, now nicknamed Esteban, started painting oils on canvas here in Kokee.
In 2010 "Esteban" which he now signs his paintings as, moved to Oregon for a serious change in environment and inspiration. A major factor in that move was to be closer to his 2 daughters and now 3 grandchildren. Steve 'Esteban' Davis now keeps a studio home in the Coast Range forest of Western Oregon near the little town of Lorane.
2018 on Kauai playing a handmade Koa Teardrop Guitar by ~ Roger Jacobs