Steve, 47, has been a tattoo artist for a decade and runs two studios in Dewsbury and Halifax.
When Coronavirus struck in March Steve, a kidney transplant affected person, shielded and turned his basement into an artwork studio.
He then locked himself away and turned his expertise to portray.
Steve specialises in portraits of rock stars, film actors and TV characters and has 16,000 followers on Instagram.
“In February and March I had been on the lookout for a brand new problem and I began to take my artwork a bit extra critically,” mentioned Steve, who lives in Oakenshaw.
“I struck up fairly an enormous following on-line and other people appeared to love what I used to be doing.
“When Covid occurred I locked down and it was the proper time to make the transition from tattoo artist to precise artist, should you like.”
Steve has painted all types of stars from Cillian Murphy as Peaky Blinders’ Thomas Shelby to Marvel comics character Deadpool, music legends Bob Marley and David Bowie to modern-day singer Billie Eilish.
He additionally painted Liverpool soccer boss Jurgen Klopp but it surely was his image of Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa that thrust him into the nationwide highlight.
Steve’s manufacturing supervisor Sarah Fearne despatched Leeds fan and Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles a restricted version Bielsa print. She included a Klopp print for Moyles’ sidekick Dominic Byrne, a Liverpool fan.
The consequence was a three-minute plug on nationwide radio for The Wade Gallery, subsequent to Steve’s All Seeing Eye Tattoo Lounge in Northgate, Dewsbury.
Gross sales soared and subsequent an enormous print of the Bielsa picture is because of be put in within the Trinity Kitchen on the Trinity Centre in Leeds.
“Chris is an area lad and it was nice protection for us,” mentioned Steve, who additionally owns the Halifax Tattoo Collective in Silver Avenue, Halifax.
Steve paints with acrylic on wood panels and his work is then resin-coated and framed.
He takes commissions and costs from round £350. He additionally sells signed restricted version prints.