English bonsai artist Steve Tolley began his bonsai education in 1996 under the guidance of Dan Barton, with the emphasis on bonsai aesthetics and philosophy. He later studied with Japanese bonsai master Hotsumi Terakawa and in a very short time he has become internationally known for his bonsai creations and for his unique approach to teaching and he is now highly in demand for giving demonstrations, leading workshops and maintaining many important bonsai collections.
Steve has had many articles and photographs published in international bonsai magazines based on his work and in 2005 he was awarded the BCI ARTIST, WRITER PHOTOGRAHER AWARD at the 5th World Bonsai Convention in Washington DC, where he was also a demonstrator and workshop leader.
Many of the trees styled by Steve or worked on by him for clients or with students, have received awards and recognition both in the U.K. at national exhibitions and in Europe at the prestigious Ginkgo Award in Belgium and the Noelanders Trophy. He is known for being an artist of great vision and sensitivity who works with the tree while showing amazing technique and for the attention to detail that he places in his work.