Steven Valiere was born in North Dakota, with Souix, French, German, and Scottish, ancestory.
Although born in middle of US, his father's work took him far and wide of country ending with Southern California. In the late1950's the surfing bug got hold and controled his life.
Even at a very young age Steven was drawing and painting. Supported by his 'artsy' mom he was encourage with paper, pencils, brushes, and paint. "I took all the art classes I could, through high school, which helped balance my grade point average", Steven says.
The big 'art' moment happened when a hurricance with winds over 200 mph devastated Hawai'i where he was living with his family. An idea hit and he began making a 'hurricane' memorial tee shirt which became popular. Then a dear friend sent him 3 canvases with a yellow post it note saying 'paint these'! He sold the first for $30 and bought more art supplies.
Being a world traveler, surfer, it came naturally to share his adventures through brush. Steven calls it a 'calypso/ surf/ international/ in acrylics' thing. Now after near 40 years his painting are exhibited internationally including Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, France, both US coasts, California, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Hawai'i. His collectors include surfers, doctors, and lawyers.
Steven now lives in rural Makarau with his partner Julie (and the sheep, chickens and peacocks). His studio is surrounded by the hills (cattle and horses). Still surfing at every chance, and painting every day.