Born in sunny Southern California and later moved to the bitter cold of the Great Lakes area, Steve Howland is a recent addition to the art world. He holds a marine biology degree, but ended up teaching children in elementary schools. After several years of teaching in the public school system, Steve quit so that he could homeschool his four children. During those years he would work on one project or another, fulfilling his desire to make something, whether it was a greenhouse to grow tropical water lillies, a new staircase for his house or hand carved blades for a wind turbine. As his kids grew and went off to college Steve was presented with extra time. Having created the wind turbine Steve was not satisfied with the look of it; he thought it needed a smooth cone to cover the bolts holding on the blades. So, he began looking for a lathe. Eventually he was gifted a rather antiquated one from his aging father, and Steve was able to make the simple cone. Having no experience using a lathe, he had limited success turning other projects and let the lathe sit idle for a couple of years, until he stumbled onto images of segmented turnings online. He was fascinated by the variety of designs that could be achieved by combinning different species of wood. All he needed to do was figure out how to properly use a lathe, and so he watched hours of YouTube. Steve created his first vase from an image he saw online and surprised himself at its beauty. He began to challenge himself with more difficult pieces involving various designs and shapes. Having shown his pieces to only a limited number of friends and family, he decided to enter a piece in ArtPrize 2016. Although he received no awards he was given a multitude of praise from the public and the encouragement to show his pieces in galleries and exhibitions. Steve feels that he has only scratched the surface of what he is able to create.