Paintings By Steven Heyen - About The Artist
been involved in art since as long as I can remember. Both my
parents were good artists – my mother leaned toward the abstract,
and my father toward drawing and design. My father was also a pilot.
His job saw the family based all over the world through the sixties,
seventies and eighties. We lived in
My mother introduced me to oil paints in my early teens. She didn’t try to push me toward abstract art, but did encourage me to diversify and ‘loosen up’ a bit with my technique. My natural inclination was toward realism and well defined subject matter – planes, ships and animals. My first significant oil painting was completed when I was sixteen, and aeroplane engaged in a fight.
2000 I decided to focus purely on landscape art for a few years. I was
growing dissatisfied with the one dimensional nature of my aviation and
wildlife compositions, and set about a self-taught crash course on
landscape art. I must admit, a mentor would have been useful, but
sometimes doing it yourself can be fulfilling. The initial results were
promising, and pretty soon I was making sales in the genre. My skills
in landscape painting dramatically improved my aviation art, not only
in composition, but in technique and speed. This was manifested three
years in a row, when I won and came second in the RAAF Heritage Art
These days I split my painting load between landscape and aviation art. I have works in collections all over the world now, thanks to the ubiquity of the Internet. My subject matter to-date has been confined to the Blue Mountains in NSW, the Snowy Mountains, the Mornington Peninsular in Victoria, and of course, Sydney's magnificent harbour, which I am lucky enough to live within site of.