Born in Pasadena California, Steve’s background in art covers a large range starting out as an illustrator at the age of 18. He has worked in industrial art, been art director of advertising agencies and owned his own art service, all in Southern California. During this period, he also owned a dog breeding kennel and was an all-breed dog handler, licensed by the American Kennel Club. He has been an American Kennel Club dog judge since 1969 and currently judges all breeds at shows around the world.
In 1971, Steve and his family moved to the small picturesque mountain community of Weaverville in Northern California, where he has pursued a fine arts career in earnest. His love for animals and understanding of anatomy shows in his paintings and bronzes. Steve has illustrated books and specific breed standards for The American Kennel Club. He won the Westminster Award in the Contemporary Dog Artists Contest, held in New York. He also has won Best of Show at the National Juried Fine Arts Competition dedicated to canine art held in Wichita, Kansas. Steve was chosen as the Pedigree Dog Calendar artist 1994 - 1995, and was commissioned to paint 16 oil paintings for the Pedigree brand. His art has been included in the permanent collection of The Dog Museum of America in St. Louis, Mo.
He is not exclusively known as a dog artist but is also celebrated for his Western art and is a member of the prestigious American Indian and Cowboy Artists, Inc. However, he says his real love is depicting Sporting dogs in action. In January of 1989 his work depicting formal fox hunting scenes was selected by the King Gallery in Manhattan for a one man show. The exhibit featured his work in pencil, watercolor, oil, and bronze sculpture.
Steve Hubbell is held in high esteem in the art community, has been featured in shows across the nation, and has won many awards. He is considered a highly collectible canine artist and his work is in collections around the globe. The majority of Steve's work is commissioned by dog lovers, private collectors, and large corporations.