Welcome to StarThunder Artworks


Steve Hickman is a Western and Wildlife artist.  His impressionist style in oil is applied to a range of subjects including wildlife, landscape, still life, and figurative.   He has been an active Plein Aire painter for over 30 years and travels from Mexico to Alaska with paint gear in hand.   On-site works often provide information and concepts for studio paintings.  Collectors describe his animal paintings as "powerful- - with character and soul".

Steve enjoyed a career with the National Park Service at Yosemite, Rocky Mountain and Jean Lafitte National Parks and retired as Superintendent of Colorado National Monument.  During this time he was an observer and painter of the natural scene and an active participant in wildlife programs.   His illustrations appear in several publications for Yosemite National Park and the Yosemite Natural History Association. 

Art education includes Colorado State University, where he received a degree in Wildlife Management with a minor in art,  Delgado Community College in New Orleans and study under Master Gerald Merfeld of Westcliff, Colorado.  Steve served previously on the Board of Directors of the Western Colorado Center for the Arts and is a member of the Sangres Art Guild, Santa Rita Art League and Tucson Plein Aire Painters Society.    He instructs occasional local Workshops in drawing and wildlife painting.  Studio by appointment.