Steve Wallis Teaching Bio
Born in 1957, in South Boston Mass.
Steve Wallis started his journey into the art world at a very young
age. His parents noticed early on that Steve had art skills that
they were not aware of. With his family not coming from an art
background, they were not sure what to do about his abilities. Steve
showed strong interests in drawing and painting in his youth. They
decided to let his abilities grow and hopefully he would find some
direction in the coming years.
Years later, as a student in high school, is where Steve was exposed
to art from his teacher, Carolyn Whitehead. She realized that Steve
had talent and vision that no others possessed in her classrooms. He
found art to be a natural way of sharing his visions with others.
While in high school Steve became well known as an artist with a
mission. It was during these years that Steve’s abilities to create
beautiful paintings and drawings took form. As a junior in high
school Steve was awarded a first place finish from Scholastic Art
Magazine for one of his works that used an old world art form,
“Pointillism”. He also won regional and National awards for his
Steve excelled in working with many types of media, and found that
he loved working with mediums that were not so popular and were very
time consuming. At this time Steve spent most of his time working on
commission artwork for clientele that wanted to collect his work.
After many years working in the fine art world Steve shifted gears
and found that being a creative painter and working on large scale
projects in homes and businesses is where he finds his true reason
to create works of art. He has now moved from the canvas and drawing
board onto walls larger than any canvas he has undertaken. After
being introduced into the world of faux painting he has excelled
even more. By working in beautiful homes Steve has found a nitch as
well to also promote his fine art while on location. Steve often
hears from his clients “It’s a nice feeling to know that I have an
artist painting my home”. It’s a part of his sales pitch, to show
clients that he has abilities to complete finishes that most
painters will not take the time to accomplish. This is what sets
Steve apart from most other painters that he has encountered.
“All of my clients are my friends now”. Steve’s ability to connect
and converse with people is also a god given talent. Clients love to
work with him. Easy going and flexible are his trademarks. His
ability to take ideas and put them into many art forms is what
really makes his clients the happiest. After all, the client’s
wishes are what are important. Being able to deliver them is what
makes Steve one of the most sought after creative painters in the
His work has taken him from Florida to Maui. He currently has
ongoing projects throughout the U.S. and abroad. Steve has now taken
his abilities to a new level.
While taking a class at the
Decorative Finishes Studio in Louisville Ky. with Martin Alan
Hirsch, Steve was exposed to another art form; woodgraining and
marbling. Here he saw the sample boards from an artist that taught
at Martin’s school, Mike Macneil.
Mike’s work totally amazed Steve
and he knew that he wanted to pursue this type of painting. After
researching Mike Macneil, Steve realized that Mike is the only
practicing “Freeman of the Trade” left in the western hemisphere of
the world. Steve knew that Mike was the teacher that he wanted to
teach him this old art form. If you want to learn something, than
learn it from the best, was Steve’s father’s motto.
A few months later Steve was able to take Mike Macneil’s class at
the Decorative Finishes Studio in Louisville Ky. Steve and Mike hit
it off right away. Mike has been a good friend and mentor ever
The ability to replicate many types of woodgrains, marbles and
precious stones has taken Steve’s business to another level. After
completing Mike’s first class, Steve landed a project replicating a
rare Hawaiian wood, Koa Wood, throughout a private residence in
Maui. This is a wood that is endemic to the Hawaiian Islands. After
talking with Mike about the project Steve was fortunate enough to
convince Mike to come and work for him on the project. After all
working in Maui was not a hard sell! Mike came over and worked for 8
days out of the total 19 weeks that Steve was there.
It was during this time with Mike that Steve learned more than he
could have ever learned in a classroom environment. Working on a
project with a teacher with such credentials was a true blessing.
According to Mike, Steve learned in 8 days what would have taken him
10 years on his own.
While working on the project Steve met local Hawaiians who praised
him for having the ability to reproduce one of their most precious
commodities, Koa Wood, with paints. “Builders and designers came
over to see what I was doing.” They had never seen anyone do what I
Steve decided to take his woodgraining talents to another level so
he took another class with Mike Macneil learning advanced levels of
woodgraining and marbling. “Mike taught me so much that I have to
give him all of the credit.”
Since then Steve has worked on many
types of surfaces to replicate many types of woods, marbles and
precious stones. From columns, fireplaces, cabinet doors and
furniture Steve has replicated many types of woodgrains, marbles and
Over time Steve has taken what he learned from Mike Macneil and
other teacher’s techniques to develop his own style of woodgraining
His ability to teach the art form
has now come to the forefront. “It is time for me to share with
others the abilities that I have obtained from some of the most
talented artists in the world.”
Steve Teaches the basics of wood graining and marbles along with
advanced classes of techniques as well.
You need to know the basics before you go on to the advanced levels.
These advanced levels include
book-matching and butter-flying and inlay processes.
You will also learn the technique to “dissect woods that you need to
match to”. This is one area that will help you to develop your
skills and give yourself an edge over other woodgrainers.
Its one thing to produce a
woodgrain finish; its another to be able to correctly match an
existing wood that may be hundreds of years old.