Steve Baird was born in Watertown, Wisconsin in 1946. He was educated in Illinois and Iowa, graduating from Drake University in 1968. Early life experiences cultivated an appreciation for the natural environment of northern Wisconsin and the boundary waters of Minnesota. He brought those formative memories and connection to nature with him when he came West to attend graduate school at Eastern Washington University. It was the memory of art class in elementary school that sparked the desire to paint. Serious interest in watercolor began after attending a workshop by Stan Miller in Montana in the late 70’s.
The growth of his work has been a result of painting the natural world and studying the work of other artists. Over the years Homer and J.M.W.Turner have been influential. He notes a connection with his work and Homer’s content. Homer appeared to have spent time fly fishing. Steve Baird shares that interest which incorporates the landscape, water, and the stories that are created.
A 2017 trip to the island of Iona, Scotland provided inspiration for current work. He uses St. Armand 300-lb cold press paper. This handmade random texture paper provides the ideal surface for the controlled accidents of watercolor. Baird’s painting, “Edge of the Sea”, was included in the 79th Annual International Open Exhibition, April 29 – July 11, 2019, Northwest
Watercolor Society in Shoreline WA. His work will be on display at the Whitefish Arts Festival, July 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, 2021, Whitefish, MT. Steve lives in Cheney, WA.