About Steven Spathelf

Raised in rural Ohio, the parents of Steven Spathelf recognized his artistic talent as a young child. He started painting at the age of 8 under the direction of Ethel Berlin. He received additional formal training at Bowling Green State University in Ohio & Kendall School of Design (later to become Kendall College of Art & Design) in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Soon after moving to the Tampa Bay area of Florida 30 years ago, Steve started to paint professionally. His first murals were on children's walls in the homes of friends. He then later presented his portfolio to interior designers & obtained commissions to paint hundreds of murals in the area's finest communities.

Steve's work has been seen in local publications such as "St Petersburg Times", "Tampa Bay Magazine", "Imago", & "House Trends". His wall paintings impress the viewer with their realism, a technique known as "trompe l' oeil", a French term meaning "to deceive the eye".

Many clients have some idea of what the subject matter is to be for their project, such as a scene from a favorite vacation spot. Others ask for guidance as to what would be most appropriate for the site. Paintings of a door or window leading to a vista are popular themes. Each wall is a "blank canvas", as Steve would say. The possibilities are endless. The artwork does not necessarily need to encompass a whole wall. Many times, just an illusion of an architectural feature such as a stone crown moulding is enough to finish off a room.

Believing that life is a learning experience, Steve continues to attend painting classes from artist, Melissa Miller Nece at the Dunedin Fine Art Center. Over the years, he has received numerous awards. One of which was the City of Dunedin's Chamber of Commerce "Rookie-of-the-Year" for 2005, as a reward for artistic contributions.

What about the name "Spat's Splats"? Steve explained that his surname, "Spathelf" is pronounced "spat'-helf". From this, Steve has acquired the nickname of "Spat". A "splat" is what occurs when paint is dripped unto a drop cloth - hence, "Spat's Splats".

I work closely with you to define exactly what you want!

Don't stop there! I am also skilled at color consultations to revitalize plain white rooms and enhance personality and flair.

A distinguishing characteristic of mural painting is that the architectural elements of the given space are incorporated into the picture.

Trompe L'oeil

Trompe L'oeil is an art technique that uses realistic imagery to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects exist in three dimensions

Faux Finishes

Faux finishing is a term used to describe a decorative paint finish that replicates the appearance of materials such as marble, wood or stone.

Design Accents

Your home should reflect your personality and desires. Go ahead and splurge - you deserve it!