A man of many talents, Steve Devenyns was introduced to painting as a diversion after being injured in an automobile accident. At the time, he was a pre-veterinary student at Colorado State University. Now a saddle maker and an accomplished musician, Devenyns is also an artist whose work has been featured in Southwest Art and Art of the West magazines. In 1991, he received the Museum Purchase Award at Frontier Days in Cheyenne.
The “diversion” of painting during his nine-month recuperation period in 1974 after his automobile accident left Devenyns with a determination to develop his artistic skills. Through years of hard work and study, his resolve and dedication to quality has lead to a successful career, one in which his talent and his love for the West combine. As he says, “It’s a real pleasure to be able to work my interest in animals into my paintings. I am always hoping to convey an appreciation for an entire lifestyle and the people whom everyone seems to respect and wants to become these days.”
The Wyoming-based painter is referring to what he calls the “resettlement of the West,” the migration of people from other states to his region of the country; a migration that has a newfound interest in the cowboy life. Devenyns understands the draw: “What I want to portray in my work is the connection between man, the animals, and the land here.”
Devenyns works with both oil painting and pencil drawing. His work generally reflects his experience living the life of a Wyoming cowboy. Raised in Colorado, Devenyns has always enjoyed wildlife, the West and open spaces. As a boy, his love for livestock and horses always put him in a saddle or near a rodeo. The lifestyle that he enjoys today takes him to the places he paints. Devenyns is both a horseman and outdoorsman and enjoys time in the mountains or with neighboring ranchers working livestock.
Reference: AskArt.com, Southwest Art magazine