The first image that Steven J. Athanas ever drew was his hero at the time, Popeye the Sailor Man, when he was about 5 years old. He majored in Art and English in high school, and received a BA in Art Ed. Athanas put the visual art on the back burner (though he always carried a sketch pad) in the 1970's through 2000, when he performed as lead singer/clown in multiple bar bands in Northwest Ohio including The Raisin Band, The Best
and The Homewreckers. Art education jobs seem to have dried up – as well as his desire to front a band – so he now channels his creative energy into visual art. His work is a combination of 2D & 3D, utilizing the strangest materials he can find. He has shown his work in NYC, Baltimore, Northwest Ohio/Michigan, Colorado, Chicago and West Palm Beach.