comments, "In my work I strive to portray the relationship between a
rancher and the animals and land in his care. 'Wake up Call' is a
great example of this theme."
Steve 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.
Steve Devenyns is one
of the finest western and wildlife artists painting today. That fact
is a testimony of his talent, diligence and destiny. From decisions
he has made, to those made for him, his life has culminated into the
stories told in his paintings.
Devenyns has talent,
vision and the diligence to make his dreams reality. Devenyns works
have received numerous awards and accolades including:
The purchase of
his paintings "Happy Hour" and “In the Wings” for the Cheyenne
Frontier Days Old West Museum.
In 1997, Steve was chosen “Artist of the Quarter” and “Artist of
the Year” for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. His painting
"Fringe Benefits" was the RMEF Anniversary Print and Stamp and
was an immediate sellout.
Devenyns is a 3 time Gold Medal winner at the George Phippen
Memorial Art Show in Prescott, Arizona.
In 2002 the Foundation for North American Sheep named Steve
"Artist of the Year."
In 2005, he was the Featured Painter at the Bradford Brinton
In 2006 at the Buffalo Bill Art Show in Cody, Wyoming, his
painting "The Spirit of Wyoming" won the People's Choice Award.
In 2010, he received the “Red Smith Artist’s Choice” Award at
the Western Visions Show in Jackson, Wyoming.
In 2011, Featured Artist at ”America’s Horse in Art” Show and
“Buffalo Bill” Art Show.
Art Talk Magazine once described Devenyns as, "a major
talent in the use of oil paint to depict the life of the West."
Over the years
Devenyns has been a "featured artist" and his work has graced the
covers of many prestigious art publications, including:
Art of the West
& Southwest Art
Rocky Mountain Rider
Inform Art & U.S. Art
New Mexico Stockman Journal
Steve Devenyns' painting, "Praise
is the Best Teacher" appeared on Western Horseman's May,
2014 cover, his fourth cover for the magazine. Inside, there's a
profile by Senior Editor Jennifer Denison. Find more in a
Cody Enterprise article by Corey Morris,
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