About Steve Howells
I was born in Victoria and spent much of my early years bushwalking in the Dandenong Ranges, where I developed my bushcraft skills and acquired an enduring love for the Australian bush. I am also trade qualified as a seaman and enjoy a deep relationship with the sea.
I am widely travelled throughout all regions of Australia, and throughout much of the developed and developing world. Much of my work reflects my love for the bush and beaches of Australia, as well as memories of my Australian and overseas travels.
I enjoy the soft luminescence watercolour allows, as well as the bold, bright, and dark tones that I can achieve in this medium. Watercolour is often an unforgiving medium, but it can also deliver great rewards, and is never dull.
I enjoy the challenge of this often difficult medium; of having to think in reverse and paint inside out; of working from light to dark; the freedom and excitement of working “wet in wet”; and the control required for “wet on dry”.
My recent works have been influenced by the vibrant light and colours of the tropics where I lived and worked for 5 years, and have been rendered in a bolder more contemporary style. I moved to Deloraine from the Whitsunday Coast of Queensland in early 2011 and my Tasmanian urban streetscapes have benifited from this influence of light and colour.