Artist and Graphic Designer
Art media: watercolors, acrylics, various drawing media, collage and assemblage, mobiles, photography, and digital art. Favorite subject matter: landscape, wildlife, floral.

Marque Who's Who Lifetime Achievement Award
Grumbaucher Award for Painting

College courses in Painting and Italian Art History, Rome, Italy Campus, Louisiana Tech
University, 1969
BA, Commercial Art, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Cum Laude, 1971
MA, Communication Arts, The University of West Florida 1978
MA, Art, West Texas State University 1984
Colege course in Graphic Design Desktop Publishing, The University of California at
Santa Cruz, 1988
MFA, Graphic Design, West Texas State University 1988

U. S. Navy, Personnelman 2nd Class, Saufley Field, Pensacola, Florida 1971 - 1975
Art Director, Commercial Impressions Advertising 1975-1976
Graphic Designer, Packaging, St. Regis Paper Company 1976-1977
Steven Cost Freelance, Pensacola 1977
Art Director, Creative Consultants Advertising 1978-1979
Master Instructor, Commercial Art, Texas State Technical Institute 1979-1989
Instructor, Commercial Art, Southwestern Oklahoma State University 1989-1991
Art Director, Amarillo Observer Magazine 1991-1993
Department Head, Commercial Art, Texas State Technical College 1993-1996
Professor, Tenured, Amarillo College, 1995-present
Owner, Steven Cost Art Gallery and Studio, Amarillo, Texas 2007-Present

Courses Taught
Presently: Painting, Drawing, Design, Art Appreciation, History of Communication Graphics.
Graphic Design Portfolio, Typography, Art History, Interactive Multimedia, Illustration, Publication Design, Print Production and Design.

Selected Graphic Design Clients
The Amarillo Convention and Visistor's Council, Westinghouse Nuclear Division, Holiday Inn, Martha's Home, Scuby Subs Restaurants, Saint Regis Paper Company Packaging, Becka Education Book Publishers, Elsivier Science &Technical Publishers, Image Makers Post of Dallas, LICON Industries, Gulf Power Company, Producer's Lounge, Pantex, and Elsevier Publishers.

Selected Collectors
The Amarillo Symphony, Amarillo College, Pensacola Quay Side Association, Pensacola College, Pensacolor Museum of Art, The University of West Florida, Dr. Wayne McEntire, Dr. Rick DeVoe, Dr. Pablo Diaz-Esquivel. Dr. Bernard and Sharron Fitzner, Family Medicine Center Complex, Cecil and Toye Price, Ann Crouch, Light’n McDuff and Debbie Carey, Ken Pirtle, Jim and Sylvia Perkins, Honey Hart, Karen Hicks, Ron Weishaar, Truitt Cross, Kathleen Cook, Ricky and Gloria Paul, and Sharron Fitzner.


Steven Cost is best known for his bold abstract art. Because he has spent a great deal of his art career as a graphic designer, the underlying composition of his art is his greatest strength. Several years ago, Cost added collage and assemblage (he makes his own paper) to his body of work, and they have informed his abstract paintings — which include a variety of textures and built-up areas known in art terms as “impasto.” His preferred painting media are watercolor and acrylics. His favorite painters include Stephen Quiller, Robert Bateman, Robert E. Wood, Gerald Brommer, and Esteban Vicente. Notible art teachers include George E. Calvert, his university art professor; and master workshops with Chuck Olson, and Stephen Quiller.

Much of his recent work is inspired by his travels, and he has an entire new body of paintings from his trip to Italy in 2015 with students and faculty of Amarillo College. His non-objective abstracts are often influenced by music and sounds — through the process known as “Synesthesia.”

Cost’s art has been shown in many galleries, exhibitions, and competitions; and his works reside in collections around the country. His own studio and gallery is located in the Galleries at Sunset Center, Amarillo, Texas. His next one-person exhibit will be at the Chalice Abbey galleries in September 2016, featuring all non-objective abstracts.

Steven Cost in front of his gallery in Sunset Center, Amarillo. Steven Cost at “Friday morning breakfast with the artists” weekly at
the Blue Front Cafe, on 6th Street in Amarillo.
Click to view my starrng role in the award-winning 2001 indie movie, Opportunity, by filmmaker Chris Cost Steven Cost looking over Capri, Italy
Steven Cost sketching in the Piazza della Dignoria,
near the Uffizi museum, Florence

Steven Cost in front of in the Allegory of Spring, or Primavera
in the Uffizi art museum in Florence

Steven Cost in the Campidoglio near the Roman Forum Steven Cost sketching on the Ponte Vecchio bridge in Florence
Steven Cost having Capuchino in Vencie Steven Cost watercolor painting near Red River, New Mexico
Steven Cost watercolor painting near Red River, New Mexico Steven Cost and artist friends Victoria Taylor-Gore, Steven Mayes, and Stephanie Jung — opening night at the Process Art House gallery, downtown Amarillo
Steven Cost sketching and sipping something at the Nasher Sculpture Gardens in downtown Dallas

Steven Cost with the Kurts during opening night at the
Process Art House gallery, downtown Amarillo

Steven Cost (far right) teaching a paper making workshop at the Amarillo Art Institute

President Bill Clinton (left) signing a portrait of him by Steve (right)

Steven Cost and his friend the famous California graphic designer David Carson

Steven Cost with the ghosts of Georgia O'Keefe and Andy Warhol
Steven Cost t and his long ago TSTI graduates
Michael and Cecil at Steve’s gallery
Steven Cost creating an art assemblage of recycled materials
steve cost sketching

Steven Cost sketching at the Japanese Gardens
in Fort Worth, Texas

Steve and Heather Atchley getting autographs from director Oliver Stone.

Visiting famous French artist, Pierre LePew, (left) and Steve Steve with painter Mary Bectol and wildlife photographer David Bectol at