"Having been in the lumber business for over thirty years in one capacity or another gave me the opportunity to collect a wide array of those special pieces of wood that your average woodworker could only dream about. I use kiln dried and green native North American woods such as Maple, Oak, Elm, Walnut, Pine, etc. As well as exotic woods - Sapele, Bubinga, Yellowheart, Purpleheart, and many more from South America and Africa. Even after all my years of woodturning special gifts for friends and family, I have not even scratched the surface of my “stash”. Every time I start digging I find another gem in the rough, sometimes they even appear out of the firewood pile. Whether it is local Bird’s Eye Maple or an exotic like Bubinga, I know there is something very special inside just waiting to be released. I have seen myself pick up the same piece of wood ten or twelve times before I can envision just what it wants to be.
If you are looking for a one-of-a-kind wooden treasure, which will never be duplicated, you have come to the right place. I strive to make my hand-crafted woodturnings speak to and for the people who buy them; when you need to let someone know just how much you care, my work can speak volumes. I like to think of my creations as “presentation pieces”; unique pieces of wooden art. We are inundated with computer manufactured décor items today that have no heart and it shows. I take great pride in what I do and hand sign every piece that allows me space. I try to use as much imagination as I can when creating a piece and have been pleasantly surprised at the varied uses people put them to. I create solid wood bowls, segmented bowls made of many individual pieces glued up to form a larger turning, vases and vessels, pens, and a variety of small pieces. I also love to experiment with new ideas. You will see many of these under the special pieces section.
I use no stains at all, only hand rubbed oil finishes with numerous coats of wax, which highlights the natural beauty of the wood. One statement I find myself using over and over again when talking about wood is “Wood is a living breathing thing. It continues to take on and give off moisture for ever.".I recommend that to keep your “Wooden Treasure” healthy and happy you need to apply a liberal coat of a good paste wax, such as MinWax or a carnauba wax at least 2 to three times a year. Care instructions are included with each piece".
Artist Website – www.woodentreasuresbygeorge.com
Steve works in Oil and Acrylic, also mixed media combining Acrylic, Oil and Graphite. Bringing back the past touches so many people, creating a visual to reconnect to our childhood or days gone by. His figure series and social media series also connect with art lovers in a timeless fashion. Steve’s work has been featured in publications like the Toronto Sun, the Hamilton Spectator, Brampton Guardian, and in an arts and culture magazine FuturReale and was the first feature artist in 2008. Having a world of experiences in the arts as an elected member and previously Director of Exhibitions for the Society of Canadian Artists 2012-2014, member of the Colour and Form Society, Artist, Teacher, and Juror, he was also on the board of Directors at Beaux-Arts Brampton from 2003-2007. He served as President the last 2 years, and previously Vice-President of the Mississauga Arts Society. Having the opportunity to co-jury the 2nd Annual Wildlife Nature and Native Show at Beaux-Arts 2010 with Charles Pachter and the late Daphne Odjig has added to his appreciation and direction in his art. Steve also juried the Orangeville art group members show and the Franklin Carmichael Art Centre annual show.
Currently represented by Galleries in Canada and the United States, he is in many private collections throughout the world. His work has also been featured at Queens Park, in The Peel Gallery in Brampton City Hall, the Mississauga Gallery and Burnie Regional Art Gallery, Burnie, in Tasmania, and Istanbul Turkey. Steve was recently invited to attend to the 8th Portakal Ciceği International Plastic Arts Colony which took place at Sapanca Dogapark Turkey, 11-19 June 2016 on behalf of Industrial developer and art collector Ahmet Şahin, the founder and chairman of the board of Portakal Çiçeği Art Colony for a 2 week venue with 29 international artists to paint for Ahmet Şahin and his museum collection that will be built soon.
An award winning artist receiving many awards including the Award of Excellence, Best Mixed Media” at the Mount Carmel Fine Arts Festival, Niagara Falls Ontario 2012, Honourable Mention Award at the Vaughan Juried Show 2008 Thornhill for “After the Rain and Honourable Mention Award at the International Winter Juried Show at the OSHAC Qualicum Beach BC coinciding with the Winter Olympics (One of 2 Ontario Artists) for “City Lights (Toronto), with shows in Canada, the United States and Australia is just part of his experience he brings to the easel.
Artist Website – www.stevesartandimagery.com