Paintings by Steve Harrold of West Terre Haute will be featured throughout November in the River City Art Association Artist of the Month Gallery in the Vigo County Public Library in Terre Haute.
I studied art in junior high and high school with John Laska at Indiana State Laboratory School in Terre Haute, Indiana. I won a Gold Key in the National Scholastic Art Competition.
Earned a partial scholarship to John Herron Art Institute and graduated in 1972 with a BFA degree.
Received a graduate assistantship at Indiana State University where I was responsible for teaching some classes and assisting in others. I graduated with an MFA in 1974.
Studied to become a hairstylist (3rd generation), graduated from the Harrold Beauty Academy (my father started it) and started in the profession. Was chosen by Erik Loben (World Champion Hairstylist) to study with him in Norway and assisted him at the International Hairstyling Convention with his presentation. Started my own hairstyling business about 1977 and it continues to this day.
My grandfather started me hunting at about age 11 and I have always had an affinity for bird dogs. Started Field Trialing German Shorthair Pointers about 1989 and had great success. I won two National Championships, two Runner-Ups, one Third Place, and two National Futurity wins. Had one dog elected to both the N.G.S.P.A. and G.S.P.C.A Hall Of Fame. Started doing portraits of bird dogs during this time and continued ever since. Most are in private collections, but six are in the permanent collection at the National Bird Dog Museum in Grand Junction Tennessee. I was on the initial steering committee for the German Shorthair wing of the Museum.
I started painting wildlife subjects to stay productive between bird dog commissions. Applied and was accepted into the Indiana Wildlife Artists. Belong to the Wabash Valley Art Guild and River City Art Association, all of which I show with regularly. I am a member of the Hoosier Salon and currently have a painting on tour in their Annual Exhibition and work for sale in their Carmel gallery.
I have won or placed in numerous shows in the area and had a few one or two man shows as well. Lately I have had people commissioning portraits and I am doing more of them than anything right now.
You never know where this path will take you.
Harrold’s paintings can be viewed again in December in RCAA’s Outreach Gallery in Harrison College in Terre Haute.