About Niagara Regional Artist Steve Boucher

This gallery displays the artwork of Steve Boucher, a Niagara regional artist, singer and musician. Steve Boucher was born in St.Catharines, Ontario on July 7, 1955. He has lived in St.Catharines most of his life with the exception of a few years spent in Owen Sound and Vancouver Island, B.C. Primarily a self taught artist, he has done many art shows around the Niagara Peninsula. Over the years he has experimented with clay sculpting, watercolours, coloured pencils, oil and chalk pastels as well as pen and ink. He is probably best known for his ‘stippling’ works, a technique of using tiny dots of ink to create images that almost seem to be photographic. Because of his strong appreciation for realism, he was once told that his work fell more into the realm of illustration than art. And so, he began experimenting with collage-like imagery, in order to sufuse his work with a kind of dream-like fantasy appeal. He creates portal-like scenes, encapsulated within bubbles, which seem to branch off into inter-dimensional worlds. Steve has meticulously created many images of wildlife, as well as native aboriginal and multicultural themes. He is featuring a new series of birds on musical instruments and is planning to integrate more magical and spiritual content in future anticipated series’. Once he felt he had mastered the black ink technique sufficiently, he then began to experiment with colour stipplings. These pieces take much more time to complete, as they consist of a matrix of chiefly primary colours layered throughout the piece. Because so much time goes into creating a stippling, he doesn’t often sell his originals, instead creating short runs of prints for each piece, to make the images more affordable. Steve has a variety of prints available for purchase through this online gallery, including a few Limited Edition prints of some pieces. His work can be found in private collections in Canada, Europe and the USA.

Return of the Sacred Feminine

We need to return to the core of our being, to where the sacred comes into existence. And the mystical feminine holds the key to this work of redemption and transformation. Return of the Sacred Feminine is a piece I created to commemorate the Goddess, embrace the return of the divine feminine and allow her Love to heal the wounds of patriarchal distortion.

The Blue Note

In jazz and blues, a blue note is a note that—for expressive purposes—is sung or played at a slightly different pitch from standard. Typically the alteration is between a quartertone and a semitone, but this varies depending on the musical context. Having been a woodwind musician for over 50 years of my life, as well as an admirer of our feathered friends, I decided to join the two images to suggest a visual recital of the perfect note.

Perfect Perch

Perfect Perch is a play on words inferring absolute pitch (AP), often called perfect pitch. It is a rare ability of a person to identify or re-create a given musical note without the benefit of a reference tone. Absolute pitch may be demonstrated using linguistic labeling (“naming” a note), associating mental imagery with the note, and reproducing it audibly in perfect pitch.

Bridge Between Worlds

Bridge Between Worlds was a piece inspired by the literary works of Carlos Casteneda. It symbolizes a portal between dimensions of reality. In the foreground, a young puma is using a fallen birch tree as a bridge to cross a creek. In the background is an indigenous shaman exiting a portal between worlds which is also a kind of bridge to get from one place to another.

The Drinking Stone

I picked up and old faded black & white photo of this image in an antique shop. It made me think of a time when life was simpler and people were closer to nature and enjoyed the natural resources of the earth, rather than exploiting them for greed. It seemed to touch something in my soul, so I created this stippling based on that image.

The Warrior’s Journey

A true Warrior has only one judge of honor, and this is himself. Decisions you make and how these decisions are carried out are a reflection of whom you truly are. You cannot hide from yourself.

The Vision

Those of us on a spiritual path and more specifically on a Vision Quest believe that we are put on this earth for a special reason, but that reason is not always clear to us. We want to know what we need to accomplish in life for our highest benefit, and, in turn, the benefit of the world. The quest can reveal our life’s purpose, but it is an arduous journey into the core of our being that we should only embark upon with sincerity.

Wisdom of the Ages

Black Belly is a Cheyenne elder. She was one of the first stipplings I ever did. I was intrigued by her leathery skin which seemed to hold wisdom in every wrinkle and fold in the character in her face.

Grey Wolf

Gray wolf, largest wild member of the dog family (Canidae). It inhabits vast areas of the Northern Hemisphere. The largest males stand roughly 76 cm (30 inches) tall at the shoulder and can weigh up to 65 kg (143 pounds). Wolves were domesticated several thousand years ago, and selective breeding produced dogs.

Sierra Treasure

Sierra Treasure is one of my first colour stipplings. Colour stipplings take a lot more time than the black & white ones do because each of the colours is a separate layer, creating a matrix of blended colours. To create the falls, a special pen containing white ink was used.

Blue Heron

In the summertime, I often like to travel north for my vacation time. This is a lake near my uncle’s cottage in Havelock, Ontario. It looked like Blue Heron territory, so I added one.

Moonlight Stalkers

Three wolves were the subject of Moonlight Stalkers.I created most of the scenery from my imagination except for the moon which came from a picture in an atlas.

Florida Panther

The Florida panther is a subspecies of Puma concolor (also known as mountain lion, cougar, or puma) and represents the only known breeding population of puma in the eastern United States. In 1967, the Department of the Interior listed the Florida panther as an endangered subspecies. Since then, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has worked closely with the state of Florida, as well as other federal agencies and private partners to make significant progress towards achieving recovery.

The Sentry

The jaguar is a compact and well-muscled animal. It is the largest cat native to the Americas and the third largest in the world, exceeded in size by the tiger and the lion. Its coat is generally a tawny yellow, but ranges to reddish-brown, for most of the body. The ventral areas are white.

The Siesta

Another Jaguar rests on the branch of a tree.

Harriet Ross Tubman

Harriet Tubman (born Araminta Ross, c. March 1822 – March 10, 1913) was an American abolitionist and political activist. Born into slavery, Tubman escaped and subsequently made some 13 missions to rescue approximately 70 enslaved people, including family and friends, using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad.

Morningstar Mill

Morningstar Mill is a rural industrial heritage site owned by the City of St. Catharines and operated in partnership with the Friends of Morningstar Mill.  It features a working grist mill rebuilt in 1872, and the home of the Morningstar family restored up to 1933.  Morningstar Mill is one of the few mills in Ontario that houses all its original equipment, and operates its millstones using the original water source. The mill provides a rare glimpse back in time to when moving water was still used to mechanically grind grain into flour.

Wheels of Time

Every day as I would drive to work in Beamsville, I would pass this old wagon on the side of the road next to a fruit stand. So, one day I decided to do a stippling of it.

The Bentinck Burros

On my way up to Owen Sound I used to pass through a little rural village known as Bentinck. I stopped to get a picture of these burros to do a stippling of later. The one on the left was blind, so the owner put a bell on the one in the middle. The blind one would follow the sound of the bell and would always know when it was feeding time and where the food was.

The Toymaker

This is my stippling rendition of an old woodcut I discovered in my dad’s old geography book from his school days. Apparently, this was how toys were made when he was a kid.

Friends

A colour stippling of two horses.

Enticement

This is a coloured pencil drawing I made of two red foxes.

The Nutcracker

This is a coloured pencil drawing I did of a squirrel taking in an acorn meal. The white parts are not white pencil. It is the page showing through. I had to work around the white parts.

Canada Geese

This is a family of Canada Geese I drew at Martindale Pond in coloured pencils. I find coloured pencils an enjoyable medium to work with because you can do very detailed work and there is no clean up after.