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 Strickland 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 currently featured 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 around the world.
His paintings have been featured on wine labels for Discoveries Vineyard and Firestone Vineyard for Foley Family Wines. He has worked extensively with the Ventura Visitors Bureau, with his paintings featured on many of their promotional materials and national advertisements. He was in Skywest Magazine as their featured cover artist. Also he was a featured artist in Coastal Living Magazine and was featured in Sunset Magazine in September of 2012.
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 (Jamaica 1974-75) and a graduate of San Diego State University. He and his wife Carol have lived in Ventura for over 40 years and truly enjoy being part of the burgeoning art scene in their hometown.