Steven Parton

I am a painter and educator who divides his time between Manhattan and my Westport, CT studio. A career as an illustrator and designer for books, films, television, and Broadway musicals has evolved into that of a painter. I am known for  insightful portraits, and offer classes at my studio. I am also on the faculty of the Silvermine School of Art, and the Westport School District. I  was awarded an Art Students League of New York scholarship to study at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

I paint in oils in a traditional renaissance manner to give my subjects as much richness as possible. This is an indirect method, building up a monochrome grisaille underpainting over which I gradually add color with both transparent glazes and full bodied color. This is a time consuming process. I enjoy the unique qualities it gives. It offers very delicate tonal variations impossible with other painting methods.

Numerous arts organizations have invited me to judge and jury their exhibits. My paintings are in private collections throughout the United States and Europe. 


Hugh Pearce Botts Award, Best in Show: Salmagundi Club’s Historic Black & White Exhibit 2019

Finalist: The American Artists Magazine Annual Competition 2016

J. Francis Murphy Award: 2016 Landscape Exhibition, The Salmagundi Club

Grand National Newington Award: Best Painting in Show, American Artists Professional League Exhibition

Salmagundi Art Club Award in Oils: Audubon Artists 73rd Annual Exhibition

Beatrice Jackson Award, Audubon Artists 70th Annual Exhibition

The Direct Art Publication Award, Show of Heads, Limner Gallery

Voted Best of the Gold Coast CT by Greenwich, New Canaan, Darien & Rowayton, Westport & atHome Magazines

Celtic Arts Exhibition First Prize for Landscape

Evelyn Monte Award: First Prize for Portraits, William Secord, juror