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  • "Running from Crazy People," watercolor on ampersand panel, 22" x 30"
  • "Forest Friends," watercolor on paper, 23" x 30"
  • "Bonnie and Blue Bird," watercolor/silver leaf on paper, 28" x 28"
  • "Strange Friends," watercolor/silver leaf on panel, 8" x 8", framed
  • "Her Friend," watercolor on ampersand panel, 6" x 6", framed
  • "What's the Buzz?," watercolor/panel, 6" x 6," framed 8.5" x 8.5"
  • "Well, Hello There," watercolor/panel, 6" x 6," framed 7" x 7"
  • "Giddy Up," watercolor/panel, 6" x 6," framed 7.5" x 7.5"
  • "He Left with Grace," watercolor on panel, 11" x 14"
  • "Kindred Spirits," watercolor/panel, 9" x 12," framed 10" x 13"
  • "Long Haired Sheep," watercolor on panel with silver leaf edge, 11" x 14"
  • "My Fair Lady," watercolor/panel, 20" x 16", framed
  • "The One with the Bun," watercolor on panel, 12" x 9"
  • "Feathered Friend," watercolor/panel, 9" x 12," framed 10.5" x 13.5"
  • "The Thread That Ties Us Together," watercolor/gold leaf/panel, framed, 8.5" x 8.5"
  • "In Tune With You," watercolor/panel, 6" x 6," framed 8.5" x 8.5"
  • "No One Promised Me a Rose Garden," watercolor on panel, 15" x 15"
  • "Blue Suede Shoes," watercolor/white gold leaf on panel, framed, 14" x 18"
  • "Princess and Her Court," watercolor on panel, 14.5" x 17.5" with frame
  • "Forest Queen," watercolor on panel, framed 12.5" x 12.5"
  • "The Great Dame," watercolor on panel, framed 12.5" x 12.5"
  • "My Secret Friends," watercolor on panel, 12" x 12"
  • "Party in the Field," watercolor on panel, 20" x 16"
  • "Fans of the French Horn," watercolor on panel, 12" x 12" (19 x 19.5 with frame)
  • "She Keeps Him Locked Up," watercolor/panel, 8" x 8"
  • "Little Bow Peep," watercolor on panel, 8" x 8"
  • "Anna and Alexis," watercolor/panel, 8" x 8"
  • "Life Happens," watercolor/panel, 18" x 24"
  • "I Know You're There," watercolor on panel, 12" x 12"
  • "Two Old Friends," watercolor on panel, 8" x 10"


Tennessee watercolorist Butler Steltemeier specializes in animal portraiture with a twist. Dreamy settings and startling details of fashion accessories lend whimsy to her otherwise dead-on realism used to present goat, cow, dog and sheep models in natural pose. In paintings that may vary from eight-inch head studies to dramatic large whole body portraits, the artist captures her four-legged models with a delightful use of rich colors and intense gradations.

Self-taught since childhood, Steltemeier began to win awards immediately after her first formal study at Spring Hill college under the tutelage of Father Craigan. She has among her many recognitions been awarded by the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society and is listed in the Who’s Who of Alabama Women Painters.

The artist is included in a long list of collections including the Tennessee State Museum, South Central Bell and American Airlines Headquarters. Private collectors include Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Joel, Steve and Eugenia Winwood, and Al and Tipper Gore.

A native of Nashville, Steltemeier lived in Magnolia Springs, Alabama for fifteen years with a year away in Manhattan that included study at the New York Art League. She spent a significant portion of her early career living the life of an art festival nomad, exhibiting and selling across the country.

Steltemeier now resides in Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee with her canine companion Howdy Doody and several very individual felines. In addition to her artwork, the artists is busy writing her first children’s book.