Biography: Steve Gevurtz, Sculptor
At first look, Steve Gevurtz relatively young career as a bronze sculptor may seem like a dramatic departure from his 35 years as a business executive. Yet from his loft studio in Spokane Washington, where he creates his life-like sculptures, he sees more similarities than differences between his old life in the world of business and his new journey as a sculptor. "Both are an expression of my fascination and passion for people". Born in Portland Oregon, Steve developed an early appreciation for art by watching his mother Charlotte, an accomplished artist and art teacher, as she taught her students to explore their creativity. After attending Portland State University and Lewis and Clark College, Steve embarked upon a career in the business world as manger, consultant, and prior to his retirement, as President and CEO of a large technology corporation.
In 2002, at the age of 53, he began his new journey to develop his artistry. He studied drawing, painting and portraiture at local art schools and traveled to classes in Los Angeles, and open studios in New York. When not in classes he drew and painted in his studio during the day and studied art and anatomy texts in the evenings. His paintings soon caught the attention of the local community and he began painting commissioned portraits.
In 2005, with the encouragement of one of his instructors, he began working with clay instead of charcoal during a figure drawing class. He was captivated by the feel of the clay and knew immediately that he had found a new home for his artistic efforts. He felt a natural and instinctive transition from two to three dimensions and found that his work flowed effortlessly from his eyes, to his heart, to his clay. He worked hours at the local foundry in North, Idaho, in order to learn the casting and patina process and to put is personal touch on each of his new pieces. Steve's journey as a sculptor, although primarily self guided, has benefited along the way from the helpful advice and critique of well known Pacific Northwest sculptors including George Carlson, Dorothy Fowler, Sister Paula Turnbull, and Terry Lee, watercolorist Stan Miller and painter Steven Shortridge.