top of page


Steve’s paintings are inspired by the natural processes of weather, time, cause and effect.  Celebrating the beauty of a well-worn surface and an aesthetic of imperfection. My works are developed as visceral responses to my environment, ambiguous organic forms emerge from a play on negative and positive space; balancing, teetering, barely touching yet they creates tension between the shapes. The varied materials I uses are subjected to layering, peeling, scraping, scratching, heat and abrasion, in a similar way in which the earth’s surface is exposed to the elements of fire, wind and water. My process is equally accidental and purposeful, intuitive and thoughtful. as paint is applied, then scratched and scraped back, a narrative is generated and a layering of history is revealed.


My wife Mary and I moved to Madeline Island, Lake Superior, in 2010 and are full time residents.  I attended Layton School of Art in Milwaukee, WI and Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, CA.  

McHugh portrait 3sm_edited.jpg
  • Facebook Social Icon
bottom of page