Steve Coffey’s paintings teem with life. His vibrantly hued swirling clouds leave you feeling as though you belong to something greater.
Once trained as a metal sculptor, Coffey turned to oil painting and was greatly influenced by The Group of Seven, Emily Carr and Alex Colville.
He was exposed to traditional country music via his father’s beer-swilling steel guitar playing father.
Early Life and Education
Steve Coffey is a family man, front porch philosopher, and sky watcher. Drawing upon his experiences to craft moody impressionist oil paintings that channel The Group of Seven’s Emily Carr and Alex Colville’s prairie landscapes with nostalgic light.
He was a four-year starter on Eastern Alamance High School team which advanced to state tournament as a sophomore in 2008. He made 71 3-pointers during his career.
His professional career quickly developed, eventually taking him through Europe and Australia before eventually returning home to Canada with his wife and children, where he is a member of Community Chapel Missionary Baptist Church and enjoys playing acoustic guitar, writing music, spending time with his family and dogs and serving his community.
Steve’s experience and analytical skill easily translate from courtroom to local television and radio newscasts and radio broadcasts, where he often appears as a legal commentator on high profile cases in both states and nation wide criminal proceedings.
Coffey is actively involved with local and national charitable organizations supporting disabled individuals. He is also a frequent speaker on issues related to trial practice and civil rights.
Steve is also a passionate sports fan and actively engaged in community service activities. He lives with his family in Vulcan, Alberta and has an affinity for nature; evidenced in his gestural oil landscape paintings depicting landscapes with surreal psychedelic swirling clouds as well as travel exhibitions he curates, large scale public sculpture installations he created as well as college lectures he conducted over time and art residencies attended. His paintings can be found throughout North America, Europe and China in private collections; plus he has traveled widely exhibiting across North America Europe and China over time as well as curating travelling art shows with travelling art exhibitions; created large scale public sculptures as well as conducted art residencies and workshops which feature in private collections worldwide; plus many workshops/residence programs to further explore this theme; reflecting nature through gestural oil paintings featuring landscapes with psychedelic swirling clouds he creates during these workshops / residencies/workshops conducted through workshops conducted over time.
Achievement and Honors
Coffey boasts many achievements to his credit. He holds memberships in both the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and Albany County Bar Association as well as serving on a private family foundation board.
Front porch philosopher, sky gazer and careful observer of light and illusion; accomplished oil painter inspired by Group of Seven paintings (G7) Emily Carr paintings (AC), Alex Colville paintings etc.
His band, the Lokels, performs around the region at venues like Mikey’s Juke Joint and Ironwood Stage and Grill. Their latest album In Paint was recorded in Calgary with guest vocalists including both of his daughters; it has even been nominated for a Juno award in Country category!
Steve Coffey was a man of many talents. A successful attorney, he had earned several victories in courtroom litigation as well as million dollar verdicts in high profile cases. A member of both Albany County and New York State Bar Associations (Member, Criminal Justice Section Executive Committee).
He was an immensely gifted artist, curating traveling art shows and practicing formalist metal sculpture before turning to oil painting – often painting landscapes from his memories of growing up in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.
He was married and the father of two children. He is survived by both of his parents, his brother, as well as many nieces and nephews. Additionally, he founded The Lokels – a Calgary country rock group where his music struck an delicate balance between emotive story-portraits and boisterous barroom music.
Steve Coffey is a renowned Canadian singer-songwriter known for releasing critically-acclaimed records. Additionally, he is an accomplished businessman having traded emerging-market equity derivatives at multiple global banks and makes his home in Vulcan Alberta with Barbara, Lydia and Grace residing with him as his family.
As one of the Capital Districts premier criminal defense trial lawyers, he has successfully represented thousands of clients in both street crime and highly complex white collar cases. Additionally, he is well known as both a teacher and author on criminal law topics.
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