Steve Creates a Gift for a Princess

The Princess of Thailand, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhornm, came to Oahu on behalf of her father, His Majesty King Bhumibol Aduluadej, to accept an Asia Pacific Community Building Award and to dedicate a new "sala" for the University of Hawaii. 

Steve was selected out of island wide artists to create this Koa wood elephant as a gift to the Princess. At the state dinner the artist was honored and the gift presented to the Princess. 

Quite a high honor to be put in the Royal Collection.

 Commissioned by Andaz Hotel Maui HI

Sculpture transforms a room – It creates a feeling, a time to ponder,  enveloping the air around you.  

Steve lives on the lush tropical island of Maui where he has his home and studio located on a breathtaking rugged road in the West Maui Mountains. He has transformed his acreage into a studio gallery and sculpture garden. The space and open air concept lends itself to his inspiration and creativity. 

Commissioned throughout the world to create hotel lobby pieces, filling grand entrances for shopping malls, corporate and small business decor, and many private homes, Steve's work promises to deliver.

Acquired for the Neiman Marcus Corporate Collection

"Kahula O Ke Kai"  Dance of the Sea

The work was carved from a single piece of old Ohai wood. 

Artist Biography

Awards & Recognition

  • ​​Andaz Hotel, Maui,HI, abstract entry sculpture
  • Thailand Monarchy, State of Hawaii commission for the Princess of Thailand, abstract elephant presented at the state dinner as a gift to the Monarchy.
  • Peter Farrel, ResMed, San Diego, CA
  • Fred Turner, McDonalds Corp. Chicago, Ill.
  • Neiman Marcus, Honolulu, HI ~ Designed, produced, installed original 10’ ohai wood sculpture for entry space in Honolulu store.

  • Multinational Bancorporation, Makati, Philippines ~ wood and stone collaborative sculpture
  • Microsoft McDowell Sculpture Garden, Bellevue, WA
  • Miles Sand and Gravel, Seattle, WA ~ driftwood wall hangings
  • Gompf Brackets, Issaquah, WA ~ wood and stone collection
  • The Baldwin Company, Newport Beach, CA
  • Tarlow Real Estate Investments, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Cosway Inc., Capistrano Beach, CA
  • Los Angeles Times, Linda Cole, Los Angels, CA
  • Arthur J Broder, DMD, Brookline, Mass
  • Law Firm, Kirkland, WA
  • Scientific Services, Inc., Redwood City, CA
  • Elevator Company of America, Sewick, PA
  • Langer Medical Clinic, New York
  • Multi National private collections throughout the world of undisclosed patrons.


Lahaina Galleries, Maui Hawaii, Newport Beach, San Francisco, CA 1985-present
Turnbull Studios, Maui Hawaii 1985-present
Andrea Smith Gallery, Sedona, Arizona 2007-present
Galley Savarese, Leucadia, CA 2007-present
Sargents Fine Art, Maui Hawaii 2001-2006
Giacobbe Fritz,   Santa Fe, New Mexico 2004-2007
Patricia Rovzar Gallery, Kirkland, WA 1994-2001
Dick Clyman Fine Arts, Little Italy, Ohio 1997-present
Collectors Fine Art, Maui, Hawaii, Kauai 1998-2000
Gallery Hawaii, Maui, Hawaii, 1997-1998
Shelton Fine Art, Bend, Oregon 1992-1993
Geo Arte, Hollywood, CA 1990-1991


B.F.A. Graphic Design, University of Washington, June 1991
Independent Sculpture Study, Professor Chuck Smith, University of Washington 1990
Apprenticeship Bruce Turnbull, Master Sculptor, Maui Hawaii, 1985

Present       Lahaina Galleries, Wailea and Lahaina.  Ongoing artist shows.
Present       Turnbull Studios and Sculpture gardens.  Personal gallery and studio

2016           Art Maui juried exhibition

2011-14       Turnbull Fine Art, Paia Maui                        

2013           Featured 10’ sculpture in lobby of Andaz Hotel, Maui HI
2013           Art Maui annual juried exhibition.                
2008            Art Maui annual juried exhibition. 
2007            Art for Peace.  Selections depicting images related to peace and war.                                        Makawao, HI.
2006-12       Mapa Garden Party, annual benefit
2006            The November Art Show, Kea Lani Hotel, Wailea, HI.
2002            Four Seasons Resort, Maui, Hawaii. Bi-monthly exhibition.
2002            Woodworkers Guild Annual Show, Maui, HI.  Shows annually.
2002-04       Art Maui, juried exhibition, annual show.
2006            Sargents Fine Art, Maui, HI. Ongoing Artist night shows
1998           Collector’s Fine Art, Hawaiian Islands  
                  New York Art Expo, New York, NY
                  Lahaina Galleries, Maui, HI
1997           Lahaina Galleries, Maui, HI                    
                  Pacific Rim Wildlife Show, Seattle, WA                    
                  Nelson/Rovzar, Kirkland, WA
1996           Nelson /Rovzar, Kirkland, WA
1995           Honolulu Art Expo, Honolulu, HI                  
                   “Concert for the Eyes,” Bistro 201, Newport Beach, CA
1994           Sculpture in the Park, Loveland, CO                     
                  Lahaina Galleries, Maui, HI                    
                  Nelson/Rovzar, Kirkland, WA
1993           Lahaina Galleries, San Francisco, CA
1992           Sculpture in the Park, Loveland, CO
1991           Lahaina Galleries, Maui, HI
1990           Northwest Arts and Crafts Fair, Bellevue, WA
1989            Lahaina Galleries, Maui, HI

  S  C  U  L  P  T  O  R

Steve Turnbull is a Sculptor dedicated to creating work that flows in harmony with nature. He strives to enhance our environment by capturing the natural beauty within the medium, bringing the form to life. Whether he symbolizes the flight of an eagle or the abstract power of a moving tide, Steve hopes to enrich his viewers with his art.

Steve was born west of the Cascade mountains in Washington state, where he obtained a BFA at the University of Washington.  His studies took him to the island of Maui where he continued his education under the tutelage of his uncle, and Master Sculptor, Bruce Turnbull. 

Selling his first sculpture at the age of 19 changed his course in life to pursue his dream as an artist. Steve loves to work with wood, stone, and bronze. One of his favorite past times when visiting family in the Northwest is collecting driftwood from the  Seattle  coastlines to create into interesting sculptures. The island of Maui, with it's rare exotic hardwoods was a perfect find for Steve to sculpt his fluid sensual lines into the wood.  

“My challenge is to collaborate with nature, to suggest a form within the medium, enhancing its natural beauty.”  

Steve and his wife with their 3 children have lived on the island of Maui for over 20 years. ​​

 visit: Turnbull Studios and Sculpture Garden