About Steve

Professional Instruction and Direction

Stephen Blackburn: Background and Specialized Services


Stephen Blackburn is a watercolorist from South Bend, Indiana. He seeks to share the anticipation of beauty in the world through the bright colors and exciting shapes in his paintings. He is well known for his poured painting – a unique style of painting that is all his own.

Computer-aided Design and Drafting (CADD)

Steve has over 25 years experience in the AEC world – Architecture, Engineering and Construction. He has refined his skills in this space in a wide variety of industries, including Architects, Structural Engineers, Steel Fabricators, Building Contractors, and Agricultural Engineers. He has taught CAD and Revit for many of his employers and on a freelance basis for many other companies. His current passion belongs to Revit and the entire world of BIM.


Steve has been painting professionally for over 20 years. He has studied under many artists, including Frank Webb, Roland Roycraft and Joe Fettingis. He has exhibited his art in dozens of shows and exhibits all over the country, winning awards in regional and national shows. For the past 15 years Steve has taught his unique style of watercolor in classes and workshops all over the country and in Canada. He was featured in the American Artist publication “Watercolor – Summer 1997”. His image “Forgotten Treasure” was included in the book “Best of Watercolor – Painting Composition” by Rockport Publishers, and one of his paintings is featured in the book “Best of Watercolor 3”. In 2001 Mr. Blackburn won the grand prize for his piece “Sunbathe” during the international floral competition sponsored by International Artist magazine, and his work was featured in the October/November 2002 issue of their magazine. He also wrote an article for the English magazine “The Artist”.

Training, Public Speaking and Writing

Steve has taught over 50 adult workshops and given hundreds of speeches. He is currently President of the Mishawaka Toastmasters Club and is a coach for the Thursday Night Toastmasters in Niles, Michigan. He has also written many feature articles.

Services from Steve Blackburn

#01. Watercolor Workshops

Personalized instruction in the fine arts for beginners to advanced artists.  Instruction include everything from choosing the right tools to exploring your own styles.

#02. Computer Design Classes

Training for professional designers on Autocad REVIT software.  Taking on everything from getting started and setting up templates to intermediate instruction for professionals on the job.

#03. Professional Speaking

Steve is available for your business, club or organization to speak on a variety of artistic and computer design topics.  Use the contact form or call to initiate a conversation.

#04. Individual Consulting and Commissions

Do you need individual help with your Revit skills, or possibly a commissioned panting?  Steve is available for these as well.  Use the contact form or call for details.