Steven James Stannard has earned a remarkable reputation as artist, illustrator, and Landscape Architect. As illustrator, his images have been published across the country. As artist, appear in private collections throughout the Midwest and east coast.
Steve began his career in Detroit, Michigan near thirty years ago. Earning both a Bachelor of Science in Geography and a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Michigan State, he embarked on a successful career as Landscape Architect and urban designer in the Baltimore- Washington region. Somewhere along the way, Steve realized the value of the illustrations he was producing in conjunction with his projects, and in 2001, opened his studio- Salient Group Studios- to design and produce architectural illustrations and fine art. Today, he maintains an open studio on Main Street in Ellicott City, Maryland
Steve's fine art follows a pattern complementary to his design and illustration work. He paints what he loves- the built environment. Fascinated by what people have contributed to the landscape, he works in oil and watercolor to produce images that evoke familiar emotions, those of home, of work, of family, of life in America. Often working from life, he paints mostly just where he is. "I never leave the sketchbook behind. It becomes a window into so many things. Painting the moment through this window allows me to explore the lives of others as they go on about their day, in the place they live and work. For me, painting subjects come along a hundred times a day, because they are in the places we work and live."
Mr. Stannard's images are widely collected, and he is represented by galleries in Michigan, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC. He is a board member of the prestigious American Society of Architectural Illustrators (ASAI), where his art has toured the country with their annual exhibit. Steve has also served six years as an executive officer in Maryland for the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and holds state certification in Maryland and Virginia. He is a member of the Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association (MAPAPA) and can be seen regularly in organized outside painting competitions. Steve is a guest instructor at the University of Maryland College Park and at the Institute for Classical Architecture (ICA & CA) in NYC. He frequently gives demos and workshops across the country.