Devenyns was born with the talent to visualize and create. However, his direction did not merge with his talent until an automobile accident allowed him the opportunity to focus on his God given ability. During a nine month recuperation period in 1974, the artist began unfolding and discovering the layers of his creativity. Steve's bareback and saddlebronc riding, as well as his pre-veterinary studies at CSU were put aside and the pursuit of his artistic talent began. It continues today. His dedication to quality and perfection has lead to a successful career as a self-taught artist. His work today is a reflection of the input and friendship of several well known artists that have helped and supported Steve throughout his career. Ray Swanson, Robert Tommey, Jim Wilcox, Tucker Smith and John Kittelson have all had a tremendous influence in Steve's work.
Raised in Colorado, Devenyns has always enjoyed wildlife, the west and open spaces. As a boy, his love for livestock and horses put him in a saddle or near a rodeo. The lifestyle Steve enjoys today that takes him to the places that he paints. He is a horseman and outdoorsman that enjoys time in the mountains or with rancher friends working livestock. Devenyns is selective of the West that he paints. His story of the West is told in episodes that reveal moments he knows to be true from personal experience. "I prefer to paint the cowboys of today, the ones I've worked with on horseback. Their work isn't always glamorous, but they are fortunate in so many ways. It's a life they love, and you can't pry them out of the saddle. I want to capture on canvas what they feel and see, as well as their independence and dedication." No extravagant, wreck a minute, action-packed scenes, but simple, pure stories are found in a Devenyns painting. One reason he paints contemporary life is to prove that the openness and the chance for freedom still exists ... if you want it bad enough.
Life in Cody, Wyoming:
Steve Devenyns lives with his wife, Karen, on the Southfork of the Shoshone River near Cody, Wyoming. He continues to pursue his fine art career and now publishes limited edition prints of selected paintings. He is represented by Big Horn Galleries in Cody, WY and Tubac Arizona, and Cogswell Gallery in Vail, CO and is proud to now offer his western paintings and prints on the internet as well as in galleries.
Works can be found at:
- “Prix de West” Show, National Cowboy Museum in Oklahoma City, OK
- “Small Works, Great Wonders” Art Sale, National Cowboy Museum in Oklahoma City
- “Quest for the West “Show, Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis, IN
- “Buffalo Bill” Art Show, Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, WY
- “Cheyenne Frontier Days Governor's Show” in Cheyenne, WY
- “America’s Horse in Art” Show in Amarillo, TX
- “Western Visions” National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson,WY
- “Miniature Masterpieces” George Phippen Memorial in Prescott, AZ
- Bradford Brinton Museum Show in Sheridan, WY
Photography By: M.L. Bolton - www.atimelessway.com
"I have spent many years learning to become a good painter and have now reached a point where the fun begins. Painting for me is very enjoyable. I found that a good painting, and life in general have one thing in common: The simpler you make them, the better the result."