Steve Bird

A love affair with paint

This website is all about a love affair with paint. It’s a romance that started almost six decades ago and one that has become stronger as the years have gone by.

Over time, I have experimented with most mediums: for many years I specialised in watercolours and you will find examples of these in my gallery. My current passion though is for oils. I am excited by the textures that they can create, thrilled by the expression that I can literally sculpt into the paint surface and energised by the endless possibility.

Here you will find my latest works, some of them have been painted plein-air and others in the studio, but all are my own personal vision of this wonderful world that we are lucky enough to share.

Hot off the Easel

It’s been a while since I’ve done a VW commission. Having painted so many in a relatively short time, it was time to take a break and explore other ideas. But recently Gary got in touch and asked if I would paint another of his lovely cars and this is the result. It’s a watercolour, 7″x5″ and it joins the paintings that I’ve already done of all the fantastic VWs (and one tractor) that Gary has owned over the years. I’ve really enjoyed painting it, so if anyone else is interested, I’d be only to happy to do something similar for you. Email me for details at 

When it comes to a choice of subject, I would find it hard to choose between my love of the landscape and my passion for studying people going about their daily lives. You will find many examples of both in the gallery section of this website.

I Paint Your Life

In 2014 I undertook a project on Twitter, where I got people to send me photographs from their lives, which I then painted as 7″x5″ watercolours. In all I painted 50 works.

I Paint Your VW

In 2016, following the success of #ipaintyourlife, this time on Facebook, I got people to send me photographs of their classic VWs. Photos came in from all over the world and I painted some wonderful bugs and campers.

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