TaoMonkey Version 3.0 Is Here!

After many years of saying this needs to get updated and redesigned, it has finally come to be. The art archive has been reorganized and catalogued. Along with some more recent works. If you are interested in any of the paintings that are still for sale, please contact me via email me.

2017 Artshows


October 30 – December 29, 2017 Exhibit at ESCAPE to the Arts at 293 Main Street Danbury, CT 06810. Opening Reception TBD.

Looking for Work

Steve Bean is now a free agent. Are you looking for a Web Developer? Please feel free to look at this portfolio site as an example of some of the skills I have. And take a look at my online resume.

2017 Artshows

Past Exhibits

January 9 - February 13, 2017: Showing a few select paintings at Mothership Bakery and cafe at 331 Main Street Danbury, CT.

March 5 - April 2: Will be exhibiting some new paintings and some old favorites at Bank Street Coffee House at 56 Bank Street New Milford, CT.


Steve Bean

Steve possesses the soul of a wanderer. When stationary for too long, he begins to feel the call of the open road. Steve grew up spending most of his time either outside playing in nature or inside drawing and imagining other worlds to explore. He started painting in high school when he bought his first airbrush. He kept at it through his college years at Western Connecticut State University, where he earned his Bachelor of the Arts in Illustration and Painting. Since graduating, Steve has continued his own education and sought inspiration by exploring the U.S. National Parks from Acadia, Maine to Denali, Alaska.

Steve’s unique style is a combination of the expressive quality of impasto painting with the fluidity of the sumi brush style. A style he calls “Sumi-Impasto”. He uses acrylic paint with a heavy medium to add body, along with different types of cake decorating tips to create unique textures. To add to the illusion of depth.

“Most of my ideas for paintings come when I am out hiking or driving down some winding scenic road. I take note of the textures and forms. I look at how they relate to each other and how they go back in space and intertwine. I want to draw the viewer into my paintings by literally having the paint reach out to them.”


Steve is also a web developer. This sight has been a place to try out and learn new techniques. Every part of this site has been hand-crafted and coded by Bean. This site is fully responsive and is recommended to view at different browser widths to get the full feel of the responsive effect.

Why "Taomonkey"?

That is a good question. I have always been interested in Chinese culture. From their style of painting and composition, to the philosophy. One in particular, Taoism. I learned a bit about it in my Chinese Culture class in college. Then on my first cross-country roadtrip I brought with me various books on eastern philosophy including a copy of the Tao Te Ching. I enjoyed meditating on the chapters, while watching the campfire flicker, under a full desert moon. Scroll down to learn more about Lao Tsu and read all 81 chapters of the Tao Te Ching.

And the monkey part? Monkeys are cute. They are also symbols of cleverness or wisdom in the eastern cultures and appear in many Chinese fictions. One of my favorite stories, “Journey to the West”.

Artwork Gallery

Welcome to my gallery section. Here is a collection of the the sketches and paintings I have done since 2005. They are broken down by year and type. To view more, select a year and either Paintings or Sketches.


2015 Pantings

Lao Tsu and Taoism

Translation by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English
First Vintage Books edition, 1972


Lao Tsu, an older contemporary of Confucius, was keeper of the imperial archives at Loyang in the province of Honan in the sixth century B.C. All his life he taught that "The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao"; but, according to ancient legend, as he was riding off into the desert to die - sick at heart at the ways of men - he was persuaded by a gatekeeper in northwestern China to write down his teaching for posterity.

The essence of Taoism is contained in the eighty-one chapters of the book - roughly 5000 words - which have for 2500 years provided one of the major underlying influences in Chinese thought and culture, emerging also in proverbs and folklore. Whereas Confucianism is concerned with day-to-day rules of conduct, Taoism is concern with a more spiritual level of being.