I think there are painters and artists. The former is committed to creating imagery with paint; an artist is simply committed to creating. I consider myself the latter because, very simply, I must create to be happy. I learned and accepted this about myself at a very young age. I most often create through concept and metaphor, and my goal is always the same: to translate the energy of a subject through color and textured dimensionality. When is a piece complete? When it feels organic. For creating is about feeling, not seeing. - Steve Lyons ABOUT STEVE LYONS: Steve Lyons's work is fast becoming some of the most recognized art in the USA and Europe, and is highly noted for creating what is internationally known as "sculptural paintings." This breakthrough technique utilizes heavy impasto to create heightened dimensionality on the canvas, and has captured the attention of critics, collectors, artists and the general public across the globe. In 2016 Lyons was named one of the Top 5 Expressionist Artists in the World by the American Art Awards. Steve Lyons was the first American to win the shared exhibition prize at the Stadtgalerie, Westerland, Germany. In 2014, he was the first American awarded private mentorship with Finland’s premier living artist and designer, Markku Piri. In March 2015, Lyons made international news when he was the victim of an art heist totaling $100,000. His art was eventually recovered and was recently on display at an art exhibition in Berlin. He has exhibited all over the world including Freising (Munich), Berlin, La Paz, Mexico, Berlin and Poznan, Poland. His work has also been exhibited in New Haven, CT, Boston, MA, Old Greenwich, CT, and Cincinnati and is held in collections by individuals and institutions. Lyons was born and raised in Portsmouth, Ohio, located on the northern banks of the Ohio River. He began painting as a child and by age eight had won his first competition, in Canton, Ohio. He earned a B.A. at Eastern Kentucky University, and an M.A. at Louisiana State University—where he majored in journalism and minored in art and was a Walter Hitesman scholarship recipient. Lyons lived in New York City for eight years before calling New England home. His primary residency is in Chatham, MA, but he travels extensively to Europe. You can see Steve's work at his working Gallery in Chatham, Ma. and at the Quidley Gallery in Naples Fla.