A life long surfer, diver and former commercial fisherman, Steve Munch has spent his life in, on or near the ocean. Currently living on the island of Kauai, Steve starts his day either with a surf session or photo session depending on the light. With no formal training to influence him, Steve has developed a style that is unique and captivating.
Steve’s coastal series collection is currently being displayed in the Latitudes Gallery’s two locations, on the island of Kauai and the coastal community of Ventura, California, as well as private collections throughout the world.
“My hope is that we can return to respecting our oceans. I love that my images help to bring awareness and appreciation of the beauty they possess and the need to protect them.”
A Texas native, Stephanie moved to southern California in 1987 to attend the University of Sand Diego. While pursuing her passion for photography, she received a Bachelors degree from the highly regarded Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara.
Settling down in Ventura, California, Stephanie began a very successful wedding and portrait business, earning the respect and admiration of the Hollywood elite for her unique style. Her work has been published in multiple publications including Time magazine, People, InStyle and Modern Bride and many others.
Stephanie soon found herself traveling the country working as a political photographer with an impressive client list including presidential hopeful John McCain during his run for presidency and the senatorial campaigns of Carly Fiorina, Elizabeth Dole and Jim Inhofe.
In recent years, Stephanie has found her way back to the roots of her photographic passion, pursuing her dreams and founding Latitudes Fine Art Gallery in Ventura, California, in 2012. Latitudes showcases her own images from years of travel to remote locations, and also features the work of her longtime friend and renowned marine and wildlife photographer Steve Munch. After rave reviews and success in California, she opened a second Latitudes Fine Art Gallery on the island of Kauai, in the beautiful Poipu Beach area.
While experiencing Dennis Mathewson’s artwork for the first time,you will find yourself embracing and sharing his passion for the true island lifestyle in Hawaii.Mathewson’s fun and whimsical storytelling tiki pieces are sure to bring a smile to local kamaaina folks and malahini visitors alike. His work is distinguished by his unique and exotic underwater sea-life pieces that come alive through his exclusive color combinations.Mathewson showcases the realistic, liquid style of the ocean, that include his signature bubbles which blend seamlessly into the skillfully hand carved images he creates on aluminum panels.
His work is a culmination of diversity derived from years of past experience. In addition to being an acclaimed artist in the fine arts, Mathewson has decades of experience in award-winning motorcycle, automotive and industrial custom painting. He successfully owned and operated his commercial art studio, Cosmic Airbrush for over 35 years and is considered one of the world’s “top guns” in the custom automotive painting industry.
Adding to his accomplishments, he is a certified scuba diver, a freelance writer for numerous trade magazines and a gifted speaker, instructor and featured artist at major events worldwide.
Dennis Mathewson’s unprecedented style is highly prized and collected by enthusiastic fans, Celebrities and devoted art collectors worldwide. He has been a professional artist for over 40 years. As a naturally artistic kid, back in the 70’s he started in Las Vegas with his first airbrush in 1973 and after a few years he went to work airbrushing shirts at the Rat’s Hole for the late Karl Smith, founder. He relocated to Honolulu Hawaii in 1980 where he stills lives and paints today. Not only is he a top selling fine artist in Hawaii today, he is also a certified “PPG Master Painter” in industrial finishes he has also created his own signature series industrial colors “Hawaiian Hues” as well as Iwata Medea/Artool’s airbrush Bubble FX, Tiki Master, Wood grain FX and Kanji Master templates. He is also the designer and creator of Direct Moulding’s DM Dzign picture frame mouldings seen in over 1000 framing stores nationally. His collectable artwork can also be seen on numerous licensed products worldwide.
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