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Steve Neff, artist and muralist at Painted Palms, was born and raised in
Alexandria, VA.  At a young age, his artistic spark was generated by visiting the
many art museums in nearby Washington, DC.  Steve developed his artistic
talents by reproducing master works of art.  At age 15, after several years of
learning  graphite, charcoal and silverpoint, one of his drawings was published
in the  Washington Post. Under the influence of his high school art teacher,
Steve visited the Corcoran College of Art to help him decide a career path.  
Although his passion was art, he studied sports medicine at Radford University
and continued practicing art as a way to fulfill a creative need.

While living in Southwest Virginia, Steve chose the career path of insurance and
finance becoming an Insurance Agent in 2000 holding a Series 6 license.  In
2002, he requested a transfer to Mount Pleasant, SC because of the
opportunities the lowcountry had to offer his family.  Inspired by lowcountry
scenery and his wife Andrea, he painted a unique palm tree mural in his Mount
Pleasant home, hence Painted Palms.  After several people requested his
"Signature Palm Mural", he realized that his talent could be used to support his
family.  Steve marketed his talent and accepted mural commissions and began
his professional art career.  His body of work can now be found in homes,
businesses, restaurants and churches along the East Coast.

After six years as a professional, full-time artist, Steve returned to his career in
the insurance and finance industry to help others achieve financial security
during these difficult economic times.  He was fortunate to have the opportunity
to build a family business which Andrea continues to manage.  Steve continues
to accept commissions for portraits, fine art and murals while he also works at
his leisure to create paintings to display in art galleries and shows such as the
annual Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Downtown Charleston, SC.