Steven Heward

Contemporary Western Artist

Paints Plein Air, Portraits, Figurative and Commissions.

Known for his Impressionistic Color and Brushwork.

Steven J. Heward

Steven Heward studied with Alvin Gittins at the University of Utah in the mid 1970’s. Classically trained in figure and portraiture, self taught plein air painter. Most of the paintings and studies below were painted on sight in one session. Steve has won many Plein air competitions.  Some of his recent winnings include, 2007 best in show at Ogden Valley 2007 Plein Air competition, best in show Spring City 2007 Plein Air competition, 2007 Salt Lake County Fair Best in Show, and 2007 Sandy City Art Show Best in Show Award. He also took best in show at the 2006 Wasatch County Plein Air Competition and Second Place 2007 Wasatch County Plein Air Competition Studio Award. He ended his 2007 season with a Second Place in 2007 Escalante Plein Air. In 2008 he received a purchase award in Midway’s Wasatch Plein Air Paradise competition. Then 2008 Best of Show and Grand Prize Salt Lake County Fair. In 2008, in the Spring City Plein Air Competition, he received a Zion ’s Bank selection award for the Zion ’s Show. He received the 2008 Artist Choice Award Escalante Canyon Plein Air Competition. Then he won Best in Show the Plein Air Provo 2008 competition. 2008 Ripley Publishing of Ripley's Believe it or not, has asked to publish photos of his small artwork on crowns in their new book. In 2008 the Today Show showed Steve’s small artwork live on their show. 2008 Germany, Japan, Great Britain, Netherlands, Ireland, Spain, France, Austria, Czech Republic, Australia, Brazil and others all Published His small artwork in National Magazines or News Papers. In 2009 He took First Place & Purchase Award in Heber’s Wasatch Plein Air Paradise Paint out Competition. 2009 Third Place Wasatch Plein Air Paradise Studio Competition . 2009 Award of Merit Wasatch Plein Air Paradise Main competition.   2009 Portraits published in Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Seeing Is Believing.

The colors, light and subtle atmospheric renderings brings memories of early California painters.

Collectors favorite.

Steven Heward Paintings


Sandstone Monolift in Fish Creek

Painted in the Escalante Plein Air Competition 30"x40" Oil on linen.


SOLD ________ Grand Wash of Capital Reef

18"x24" Oil on linen. Bison roam the park from the free roaming herd on the Henry Mountains


SOLD _______ Cocks Comb in Teasdale

16"x20" Oil on linen. Atmosphere through the afternoon light. 


Whitehorse on his mule

30"x40" Oil on Linen. Whitehorse on his mule talking to his pup.


Deer Creek Reservoir / Mt. Timpanogos

16"x20" Oil on Linen.  Plein Air painting for Wasatch Competition.


SOLD ___________ My Fathers Cemetery

12"x16" Oil on linen.  


SOLD ______________________ February Night Camping on the Scipio Property

16"x20" Oil on linen. Wes my brother in law  and I winter camping.


Huntsville pond

12"x16" Oil on linen. This painting won best in show and the Huntsville Plein air competition Judged by Dasid Koch. 


The Otter Creek Property

24"x30" Oil on linen.  Painted just after arriving in Burrville after the Spring With Plein Air Competion was over.


Bison in Blue Canyon

30"x40" Oil on linen.  Painted with heavy brushwork and lots of subtle greys and high key color.


The White Oil Car

12"x16" Oil on linen. Painted August 26  in Midvale.


Old English Game Cock

16"x20  Oil on linen.  with the rooster in a custom built cage for painting chickens. His name was Alvin Gittins.

Recent Paintings


Wild horses of the Onaqui

- Oil on panel - 12”x12”


SOLD ______________ The Old Cabin Roof

16"x20" Oil on linen.  Plein Air Painting in the Wasatch Plein Air Competition.


SOLD ______ Coca Cola Sign and Old Truck

16"x20" Oil on linen.  Plein Air Painting in the Wasatch Plein Air Competition.