Steve Kleier

The purpose of art is to create interest. When it engages the viewers imagination they will relive the creative process of the artist through the artwork itself. It is the artists responsibility to draw images from the “void within” to bring forth images that are so intensely personal that they are completely universal. The artist must be honest and inquiring so that his work will inspire the creative spirit of the audience. Then it will succeed.


Education: BFA Montana State University, Bozeman,MT

Teaching Experience

As an artist and instructor I have taught drawing and painting for several community organizations. I have led groups to locations around the region for instruction and adventure.

Art Media

Clark Community College

Gallery 7126 Studio

Helena Art Center

Leach Botanical Garden

Oregon Society of Artists

Portland Fine Arts Guild

Young Audiences of Oregon and SW Washington

Sequoia Gallery+Studios

Selected Awards/Juried Exhibitions

Honorable Mention Columbia Gorge Plein Aire Competition

First Place Hillsboro Plien Aire Competition

Grand prize Portland Rose Festival Art Exhibit

Second Place Oregon Society of Artists Fall Competition

Honorable Mention Pittsburgh International Watercolor Competition

1st Place Oil Painting Beaverton Festival of the Arts

2nd Place Watercolor Gresham City Exhibit

Adirondacks International Exhibit of Watercolors

Allied Arts Annual International Exhibit


Steve enjoys music, reading and outdoor activities, and is married with two children.