“In November of 1972, when I was 12 years old, I fell in love with a book. The book was entitled The Frederic Remington Book by Harold McCracken. Being around Christmas I hoped and prayed that the book would be there under the tree. Because me family was humble financially my hope was bleak. Lo and behold, my parents blessed me that Christmas Day and the book has since become one of my prized possessions. Frederic Remington remains to this day one of the most influential western artists in my career.”
Being of Pawnee and Cherokee descent, the Native American will always be Steven’s favorite subject. However, to fully depict the legacy of America’s western heritage, he finds it necessary to also focus his creative energies on cowboys, cattle and ranch life; early mountain men and explorers; U.S Cavalry and pioneers; wildlife and landscapes- all done with a historical emphasis.
Stevens’ participation in living history reenactments provides him with a firsthand visual reservoir of ideas, authenticity and cultural truths. He also keeps a photo journal where he documents with his camera the vast landscapes and way of life in the western United States. “I firmly believe that having an experiential knowledge of Plains Indian culture, western frontier life and America’s beautiful landscapes has enabled me to create oil on canvas images that reflect the legacy of America’s West.”
In Southwest Art magazine April 2000, Steven was featured as The Story Teller filling his canvases with spell binding tales of the Old West and captivating his audience with story lines that give accurate descriptions of the historical facts in his paintings. These narratives have become a hallmark of his work and a much appreciated insight for his collectors. The March/April 2002 issue of Art of the West magazine entitled a feature article on Steven as Visual Memories, detailing his hands on experience in period reenactments. The article provides a rare glimpse into Steven’s efforts at making authentic Plains Indian reproductions, many of which are incorporated in his paintings.
In November of 2002, Steven was elected to be an Oil Painters of America Master signature member. He states “to be recognized as an oil painting master is the culmination of a lot of hard work, personal sacrifice and dedication to the world of fine western art.”
In 2003 he was commissioned to produce a painting for the National Park Service at the Washita Historic Site in Cheyenne, Oklahoma. The 1868 Battle of the Washita depicts the dawn attack on Black Kettle’s Southern Cheyenne encampment by Lt. Colonel George Custer’s 7th Cavalry. The painting has been lauded as a “superior work of art” by Department of the Interior officials.
In May 2010 Steven received the Phippen Foundation Award for his painting Home on the Range at the Phippen Western Art Show held in Prescott, Arizona. The award is given to the work that best represents the ideals of the western way of life.
He recently completed courses of study with R.S. Riddick and Jim Norton, noted Cowboy Artists of America members and Steven counts these instructions as invaluable.
In 2012, Steven has garnered several awards. He is most proud that his oil painting entitled ‘Out of the Gate’ was selected as the image for the 2013 Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo Poster.
In the past decade, the name Steven Lang has become synonymous with fine western art. He has established himself with realistic oil originals and his paintings are sought out by private and corporate patrons of art here and abroad.
Steven lives in California on the Monterey Peninsula with his lovely wife, LeAnn and family. He credits his wife and mother for their generous help and support in keeping him behind his easel and his bushes wet.