Steven Lee Smeltzer
S. L. Smeltzer has often said that he finds himself entangled in a web of nonsense…and he loves it. Inspired by everything and everyone, his creations come to life in his mind, then take shape from a mound of clay with the innate skill of a true artisan. Each sculpture reflects Steven’s desire to bring a sense of lightheartedness to all that are willing to indulge in imaginative and fanciful art. Though recently a number of his whimsical characters unexpectedly veered away from the humorous side of life to the more sinister, with a starring role as antagonists in Wray Ardan’s young adult “romance, dark fantasy, thriller” novel, Sweet Desire, Wicked Fate. While Steven is most recognized for his whimsical ceramic sculptures, he also creates stunning bronze sculptures, as well as oil and acrylic paintings–and has even ventured into the world of CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) animation, working as an Associate Producer and set designer on a CGI television pilot that transformed several of his sculptures into animated creatures. Steven was initially drawn to Maui because of its easy-going lifestyle and drawn to the life of an artist because it worked well with his surfing schedule. If his sculptures could talk–that is, besides in his head–they’d say that Steven has to live on Maui, it fills his artistic nature; and that he has to surf, it too, fills his artistic nature; and, that if his art makes you smile, it is doing its job.