H I G H T







All images on this website are copyrighted by Steven C. Hight. Use by permission only.


   Uninterested in following a conventional path in the crowded world of art, it is increasingly relevant to strive to be an original. Perhaps to even have one's own work shrouded by riddles. In art, mystery can challenge the viewer and lead to their own inquisitiveness and discovery. To be fulfilling, a piece of art should never rely on what has previously worked but should strive to uncover the unknown. It is really then, that the viewer feels the true satisfaction of being a part of that process of discovery.

   With an extensive background in the arts as an abstract painter and with many years spent studying the complexities of non- representational image-making, a unique approach to image making is found. The search for broad composition of form presides over detail. The simplicity of the arrangement becomes the key. Encouraging photographic aberrations and blurring, welcoming unexpected light sources and color shifts, these painting-like techniques only serve to heighten the other-reality of these images and footage.




December 2016 ~ Shooting a lot of video with a new 4K camera and 3 axis stabilizer.

October 2016 ~ Finished book promotion animated video for a private detective in the East Bay.

June 2016 ~ Finished 3 more months of animation for new film "What The Health"

January 2016 ~ Finished preparing for an exhibit of both abstract and realist paintings at the Sundance Kabuki Cinema at 1881 Post St. in San Francisco.

November 2015~ Completed "Jack Tar Down" a new animated music video set in the year 1960.

September 2015~ Finished 4 months of animation and graphic work for a new full length documentary.


~ Sundance Kabuki Cinema, 1881 Post St., San Francisco, solo painting exhibit 2016

~ Molte Cose, 2044 Polk Street, San Francisco, CA  photo exhibit 2010-2013

~ Independent Film Channel, Online Exhibit, New York, N.Y.,

    “Grand Prize Winner” 2010

~ Seed Gallery,  Thoreau Center, Building 1016, Presidio, San Francisco, CA 2010

~ Rare Device, 1845 Market Street, San Francisco, CA photo exhibit 2009

~ Rayko Photo Center, 428 3rd Street, San Francisco, CA  group photo 2008

~ Delessio, San Francisco, November-December, solo photo exhibit 2007

~ Preview Room, San Francisco, August-September, solo painting exhibit 2007

~ Gallery With Pretentious Sounding Name, San Francisco, group exhibit 2006

~ Gallery One, One Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA, group exhibit 2005

~ Lounge, San Francisco, CA, group exhibit 2005

~ Vorpal Gallery, San Francisco, CA, group exhibit 2001

~ Somar Gallery, San Francisco, CA, group exhibit, Open Studios 1991-1998

~ Images Gallery, San Francisco, CA, solo exhibit,1988

~ Marin Fine Arts Gallery, Kentfield, CA, "Best in Show Winners" 1988               

~ Palm Springs Gallery, Palm Springs, CA, solo exhibit 1988

~ Marin County Exposition and Fair, San Rafael, CA, group exhibit 1987

  "Best in Show" and "Best in Class" cash awards

~ Marin County Exposition and Fair, San Rafael, CA,, group exhibit 1985

~ Betts Collection Gallery, San Francisco, CA, group exhibit 1984-1987

~ Gallery 8, Pasadena, CA, solo exhibit 1983

~ William Sawyer Gallery, San Francisco, CA, group exhibit 1982-1984

~ Iris Too, Berkeley, CA, solo exhibit 1982

   The subject in all of this work is not the objects seen, but rather the specter of light that surrounds these objects. Great patience is exercised in finding unusual lighting; waiting to shoot until certain that there is something magical happening. The light can be dim and soft, as on a foggy day, or it can be blindingly bright, carving deep shadows, but it is necessary for there to be some inherently remarkable quality to what is being witnessed.

2010  GRAND PRIZE WINNER for the Independent Film Channel's annual photography contest. Cash award, photography equipment and an expenses paid trip to The 2011 Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, California.

2013 Black and White Photography Show at Firehouse 8 in San Francisco.

2010 Photography Show at Seed Gallery, Thoreau Center in San Francisco.

2008 Photography Show at Rayko Center in San Francisco.

2007 Painting Exhibit at the Preview Room in San Francisco.

2007 Photography Exhibit at Delessio in San Francisco.

Exhibit of abstract and realist paintings at the Sundance Kabuki Cinema in San Francisco