Steven Masters and Bermuda
For hundreds of years Steven's ancestors worked the waters, shorelines and fields of this tiny, seaweed-like seamount, seemingly adrift in the middle of the North Atlantic. He feels very much at home here, deeply a part of its intoxicating environment. His early years were made up of a series of exciting adventures, exploring the world from treeforts and rowboats in the Bosses Cove area of Spanish Point. This continues.
‘Observant’ is a word we often use to describe someone who often pays close attention to his surroundings. A 'micer’ is the term we Bermudians use to describe that individual when he is frequently preoccupied in thought. Around the water, such are the delightful states of being in which Steven frequently abides. Beauty has always been at the forefront of the positive perspective through which he views the world. He is, indeed, preoccupied with the visual magic of each event and image that comes into his life.
Dawn finds Steven on, in, or near the water, observing and enjoying the serendipitous events of Mother Nature’s whims. In the early hours, the light changes so very quickly. Fleeting glimpses leave a multitude of memories, some of which he manages to recreate in photographic images. As the morning progresses, he uses his brushes to explore the landscape. The changes in lighting are less evanescent then, when the angle of the sun is greater. He finds he can keep up better with the movement of its shadows after breakfast.
Steven’s passion is learning. This is why he finds teaching such an invigorating profession. Each student shares a fresh and magic perspective. He finds each of these unique sets of new ideas a privilege and an exciting event from which he learns so much in the Northwest Art Studio at Saltus Grammar School. He feels it a magical opportunity to work in an atmosphere of such incredibly energizing students. In effect, he has 400 teachers.
Checkout Steven's participation in the local Bermuda Plein Air Group!
From his resume:
Steven cherishes the intellectual camaraderie in an experiential learning environment. He is inspired by folks with a great sense of humor and also those for whom kindness is an essential ingredient in solid human character. He personally caught his daughters, Corey (in 1979) and Jessie (in 1984) at their birthings in Bermuda. He coached the birth of son Tyler (in 1990) in Massachusetts.
He is trained in Parent Effectiveness Training. He is also military trained, as a private soldier in the Bermuda Regiment from 1979-1982. He was certified as a Kayak Instructor in 1979. He has been employed in many trades of the construction industry. He set himself standards of excellent endurance in athletics throughout his schooling and thereafter. In 1979, he published soul-searching article on "The Death of the Seon Building" in The Bermudian Magazine. In 1984 he was presented the 1984 Bermuda National Trust Award for Exemplary Restoration of an Historic building, known as "Hillside" on Shinbone Alley in St Georges. From 1999-2000 he enjoyed the team spirit and vigourous work in the stern of lobster boats in southern Nova Scotia, in the November beginnings of each lobster season. As a resident of Williamstown, Massachusetts from 1986-2000, he served his community as Williamstown's youth soccer coach. With his daughter, Corey, he skippered the research vessel Lady Gambler in 2003 for world scientific breakthroughs in the knowledge of the behaviors of deep-water bottle-nosed dolphins off Bermuda. He has assisted in the research on Humpback Whales and the Bermuda Shark Project from 2007 on. He enjoys fishing for food and diving for lobsters.
Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts. B.A. degree, 1975 Majored in Studio Art. Concentration in Art History and Education. Varsity soccer two years.
Massachusetts Teacher Certification in Art, grades K-12. North Adams State College, 1974-1975. Education courses. Mount Greylock Regional High School, student teacher in Art, 1975. Boston University, 1972-1973. Student in Art. Crew team.
The Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, Connecticut. 1970 graduate. Early acceptance to Williams College. Varsity soccer and track teams.
Studio Art Instructor, the Northwest Art Studio at Saltus Grammar School, Pembroke, Bermuda, 2006 -present. Experiential learning in an invigorating intellectual environment, primarily painting and drawing, grades 2-8.
Warehouseman, Paint Mixer and Salesperson, Rowe Spurling Paint Company, Pembroke, Bermuda, summer of 2006. Working knowledge of house paints and marine paints.
Commercial Diver, Mooring Masters Ltd. Owner/operator of small barge, maintaining moorings in Bermuda, 2002-2006.
Historical Restoration and management of waterfront Bermuda rental properties, 1986-present.
Innkeeper, Ye Olde Argyler Lodge, on the waterfront in Argyle, Nova Scotia, 2000 and 2001 summer seasons. Managed seasonal B&B and Restaurant in a lobster-fishing village.
Studio Art teacher, Miss Hall's School, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, 1987-2000.
Created highly successful drawing and painting program in boarding school for girls, grades 9-12. Consistently strong AP results. Introduced as a master teacher by Head of School. Coached Varsity Soccer and Wilderness Training.
Landscape Painter, 1979 to date. Nationally acclaimed Bermudian artist. Special emphasis on the beauty of Bermuda's traditional architecture. Award by the Bermuda Government for contribution to its cultural heritage. Commissioned to paint the official Bermuda Poster for the Tall Ships 2000 International Sail Training Association's Race in the summer of 2000. Watercolor painting, "Sifting Lime" selected for the permanent collection of the Bermuda National Gallery, 1997 and publication in its Masterworks Collection coffee table book, 1998 and 2012. One-man exhibitions at The Thistle Gallery in Bermuda in 1982 and 1984, and The Windjammer Gallery, Bermuda, in 1990, 1993, 1997. Exhibitions at The Hotchkiss School Art Gallery in 1992 and 1993. One-man exhibition of paintings at The Goodrich Gallery, Williams College, 1989. Two-man exhibition with sculptor Ray Bub at the Heritage State Park Art Gallery, North Adams, Massachusetts, 1988. Group exhibition at The Greg Wyatt Gallery, New York City, 1988.
Prior to that, he was awarded the commission to paint Delta Airlines' Bermuda Travel poster, 1986. Two paintings were selected for publication in Finding And Improving Your Painting Style by Carl Schmalz, 1986. In 1986, he also presented four watercolor lecture-demonstrations on the painting methods of Winslow Homer in the museum galleries of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts. He was twice invited by the Amherst College Fine Arts department, Amherst, Massachusetts, to lecture and demonstrate techniques in watercolor painting, entitled, White on White, in 1986, and The Process of Working a Watercolor Through the Grey Stages to Completion, in 1988.
Studio Art Teacher, The Craneville School. Dalton, Massachusetts, 1986-1987. Comprehensive instruction in Art, grades K-4.
Senior Art Master, Saltus Grammar School, Pembroke, Bermuda, 1975-1979. Developed highly successful art and photography program in a private day school of 250 students, grades 7-12. Art standard gained national recognition and excellent A.P. results. Emphasized Art as communication. Organized and advised Prefects, led morning all-school assemblies. Coached soccer.
Resident Director, Greylock ABC Program, Williamstown, MA, 1974-1975. Combined efforts with his wife, Charmaine, as houseparents for 7 teenage city students. Maintained order, coordinated community activities, tutors, meals and budgets in a make-or-break year for the program with the local school committee. Motivated students in an academically-oriented rural community to achieve "A Better Chance" for high-standard college admission. Our Greylock ABC program won ABC regional recognition for the highest academic achievement, 1974-1975.