Steve began carving in 1998 as a hobby. After working full time and giving more and more of his free time to his carving, decided to pursue it full-time in 2002. All of Steve’s carvings are original pieces, with no reproductions.
The stone Steve works in is usually Brazilian, Chinese and other varieties of Soapstone, but as he says, “if I can get my tools into it, I’ll try it.” Most sculptures are all one piece of stone and of natural color. Artists who inspire him through their art are: Bev Doolittle, Joseph Jacobs, Stan Hill and Kris Nahrgang to name a few.
Steve’s work is becoming more recognized and has pieces throughout North America and in several Countries in Europe.
Steve lives in Deseronto, Ontario, about 45 minutes West of Kingston, Ontario. His heritage is Mohawk and Irish/English/Dutch, both of which can be seen in his work. Steve was trained in graphic design at St. Lawrence College, Kingston and computer graphics at Sheridan College, Oakville. On going into a career in design, Steve says, “When I put on the shirt and tie, I knew it wasn’t the work I wanted to do, but now that he has found his true calling, I can put on my work boots, go out to the studio, and get dusty doing what I love.”
Sculpture is not the only medium Steve works in, as he has many artistic abilities. Besides carving in stone, he has created sculptures in deer and moose antlers, as well as, a limited number of carvings in wood. Steve completes sketches and drawings in pencil and pen and ink. He paints, using water colors and acrylics. Steve uses his illustrative talents to also create wood burnings (Pyrography on hide) and Egg etchings that have a wide variety of subjects.
Steve has shown his work in a variety of shows and exhibits. Some of the larger venues he has displays his work have been: The One-Of-A-Kind Show and Exhibition Place, Toronto, The Canadian Aboriginal Festival (Toronto Pow Wow) at the Rogers Centre (formerly the Sky Dome), and Casino Rama, Orillia. Other shows have included Buckhorn Fine Art Festival (recently changed to the Buckhorn Festival of Arts), the Bancroft Rockhound Gemboree/Mineral Capital Stone Carver’s Show and Symposium, Deer Dancer (private show) in Chicago, Illinois, Stirling Art Festival, The Art of Flight show, Picton Ontario, Scenes of Sandbanks and Beyond show, Picton, Ontario, Mohawk Art Exhibit St. Andrews Church, Picton, Ontario and Starry Night Festival, Orillia, Ontario.
Steve enjoys displaying his work at shows that are more intimate, as he says he can spend more time talking to people about the carvings.
Because of the uniqueness of Steve’s work, he has been approached with requests from several organizations for carvings. He has made donations of his work to Ducks Unlimited, The Multiple Sclerosis Society, The Cancer Society, the Deseronto Arts and Culture organization and Eastminster United Church (Belleville), the Canadian Canoe Museum (Peterborough, Ontario) and most recent commission to create the awards for recipients of the Indigenous Principals Education Awards at Queens University Kingston, Ontario. To see more creations, or have any questions/inquiries, Steve is presently on Facebook and has a business page under Steven Loney Creations. Please feel free to browse.
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