In 1976 Dove moved to Zennor, Cornwall, where he took rooms in The Old Poor House owned by Patrick HERON. Also living there at the time in the final two years of her life, was the impressionist painter, Alethea GARSTIN, the daughter of the famed artist and teacher, Norman GARSTIN of the Newlyn school. Taking tea with Alethea became a Friday afternoon treat for Steve.
In 1980 he moved into St Ives nearby and has been a much valued teacher of figure and landscape painting at the St Ives School of Painting and also at the Richard Lander School, Truro, while also exhibiting his work regularly in mixed and solo shows.
His studies in art had been undertaken at Lanchester Polytechnic, Coventry and Hull College of Art, followed by an Art teacher's diploma at Birmingham Polytechnic.
In 1980 he received a South West Arts Award, and a large exhibition of his work was shown at the Plymouth Art Centre. In Cornwall he showed with frequency at the Salt House Gallery, St Ives, Penwith Galleries and other venues. He joined with the group that formed the Porthmeor Printmakers in 1990, from which much support has been given to educational ventures in the Penwith and Tate Galleries.
Dove works from the Porthmeor Studios, St Ives (2011), which have been in process of renovation this year. Some of these studios will be ready for re-opening for OPEN STUDIOS Cornwall (28 May-5 June 2011).