About Steve Firkins
I was born in 1954 during the great American baby boom. I grew up in Blue Earth, Minnesota, on the gently rolling plains in the south central part of the state. I was deeply affected by the vast expanse of ever changing earth and sky.
America at that time was racing the Soviet Union to the moon. The world began to see the Earth from a new perspective. In high school I became interested in art and started photographing nature and the landscapes of our “Blue Earth“ planet.
In college I studied art, philosophy, politics, and religion, choosing an artistic identity as the main source of who I was because it included all the other identities. I graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa in 1978 with a degree in art and art education.
I continued my relationship with nature in the contoured hills and valleys of Northeast Iowa.
In 1978, I moved to the Mississippi River Valley in the Winona, Minnesota area. It was then that I first began using the word Curvism to describe my art and philosophy about art.
I was married in 1980. In 1983 I began graduate school at Winona State University and received my Masters Degree in counseling in 1987. Since then I have been employed as a mental health therapist.
In 1987, my family and I moved to Black River Falls, Wisconsin, which is located in a mix of dairy lands and hilly pine and hardwood forests. In 1992, I built an art studio addition onto my house and have used Mondays and weekends for making art.
Over the years, I have had periodic exhibitions of my art at various venues, all under the title of Curvism.