After spending many years teaching herself to paint traditionally,

 Steppe found herself in the position of not being able to paint at all.

Chemotherapy affected her sense of smell so that painting made her ill.

She spent many months thinking about working without being able to work.



Greenville County Museum School of Art
Winthrop University

Martin Gallery, Charleston, SC 2010
Glance Gallery, Raleigh, NC 2006, 2005, 2003
Gallery 5, Rock Hill, SC 2006, 2003
Rabold Gallery, Aiken, SC 2005, 2004
Francis Marion University, Florence, SC 2002
I. Pinckney Simons Gallery, Columbia, SC and Beaufort, SC 2001 and ongoing
Rauch Gallery, Gaston College, Gastonia NC, Dec. 2001
Gallery 237, Pineville, NC, June 2000
City Hall Rotunda Gallery, Rock Hill, SC, April 2000

Studio Artists Show, Dalton Gallery, Rock Hill, SC 2006, 2002, 1999
Jubilee Juried Exhibition, Dalton Gallery, Rock Hill, SC 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001
Central South Art Exhibition, Leu Gallery, Nashville Tn, merit award, June 2001
Triennial 2001, South Carolina State Museum, Columbia, SC, 2001
Oil Painters Open Invitational, Sumter Gallery of Art, Sumter, SC, first place, January 2001
Anderson Arts Council Juried Show, Anderson, SC, purchase award, May 2000
SC State Fair Juried Show, Columbia, SC, third place painting, traveling exhibition, 1999, two purchase awards, 1998
Birds & their Houses Invitational, Dalton Gallery, Rock Hill, SC, 1999
Invitational Art Exhibition, University of South Carolina, Union, South Carolina, merit award, 1998
Come-See-Me Juried Competition, Rock Hill, South Carolina, purchase award, 1995, 1992
Women Helping Women Benefit Invitational, Rock Hill, 1994
Exhibits I & II Juried Shows, Greenville County Museum of Art, South Carolina, 1993-92

South Carolina State Collection
First Citizens Bank
Bareco Products
Foster, Saad & Company
Bank of America
Capital Broadcasting Corporation
Eisai Pharmaceuticals
Mark Coplan

Charleston Scene, May 2010         
Independent Weekly, February 2005
Metro Magazine, February 2005
The News & Observer, February 11, 2005
Metro Spirit, February19, 2004
Augusta Chronicle, February 25, 2004
Carolina Arts, December 2003
Artifacts, South Carolina Arts Commission, July/August/September2001, front cover



 I have pursued painting relentlessly and somewhat reclusively for more than thirty years. Painting has become not just a pursuit, but a way of living.  I have amassed a considerable collection of objects that hold personal meaning for me.  Everything from birds’ nests and eggs to dead flowers and insects, they have one thing in common.




All are testaments to what once was- elegant, haunting reminders of life at its fullest and the ravages of time.




My hope is that these portraits of the detritus of my studio portray something of what it means to be human, fragile and vulnerable.