Artwork by Steve Lackore

“I try to look for the unique in the ordinary,” Steve Lackore says about his work. Currently working exclusively with transparent watercolors, Steve paints realistic depictions of landscapes and still life and is inspired by natural environment of Minnesota.

Living in Grand Marais for ten years, Steve says he “took in the beauty, power, and wildness of Lake Superior and North Shore landscape” daily. Following his retirement in 2009, he spent a week in a workshop with Grand Marais/Isle Royale artist Howard Sivertson. “That experience galvanized my interest,” he says.

Steve is a self-taught artist and has been donating to Art 4 Shelter for four years.  This is his first year being asked to donate a large piece of art to the silent auction at the First Look Luncheon.  Steve learned about Art 4 Shelter from Minnesota Watercolor Society and says “it seemed a very natural way to help people in need.”

Steve has lived in Rochester for the last 30 years and his work has been displayed through the Southeast Minnesota Visual Artist (SEMVA) organization. His watercolors have been in several juried shows throughout the Midwest and in 2014, he received an award from the Minnesota Watercolor Society. To see more of Steve’s scenes of the North Shore, visit


Artist Feature: Steve Lackore