Born in Berkeley, California on December 21, 1949, he was raised in a home that had a sweeping view of the San Francisco Bay. This scene kindled his interest in landscape and was one of his earliest drawing subjects. He had his first one man show when he was sixteen.
Steve studied at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and for one year at Hornsey College of Art in London, where he concentrated on sculpture. It was at Santa Cruz, in 1969, that Steve was first introduced to etching. Since he received his BFA from UCSC in 1975, he has focused on creating aquatint etchings of wilderness landscapes, drawn freehand from photographs he takes.
His search for interesting images has taken all over California, the American West, and to remote regions of Finland, Australia, New Zealand, and Nepal.
From 1975 to 1979, he worked at Graphic Arts Workshop in San Francisco. For most of the years from 1979 to 1992, he was an artist in residence at Kala Institute in Berkeley, where he taught classes in printmaking and wrote three technical articles about aquatint etching. In 1992 he moved to Petaluma, California, where he created scores of images of the landscape. In 2005 he moved his studio to Bellingham, Washington where he currently resides and works.