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The Bonsai of Steve Tolley

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Bonsai and photographs by Steve Tolley

English bonsai artist Steve Tolley began his bonsai education under the guidance of Dan Barton, with an emphasis on aesthetics and philosophy. Steve later studied with some of Europes finest bonsai artists in particular Japanese bonsai master Hotsumi Terakawa.

He is known for his attention to detail and great technique and for his work in creating beautiful bonsai, being particularly associated with conifers. Pines, junipers and yews are among Steve's favourite species. Steve is a full time bonsai professional and has realised one of his dreams to open his own bonsai school at his nursery. Here students can learn under Steve's guidance the art that is bonsai.

Steve's nursery holds wonderful bonsai, pre bonsai and yamadori material for the enjoyment of his clients, students and other bonsai professionals.

Steve was a recent winner of the BCI Writer, Artist Photographer Award 2005 and winner of the Noelanders Trophy VIII 2007. Many articles and photographs on bonsai have been published in international magazines based on his work. He also maintains some private collections in the UK and Europe, and many of Steve's trees and trees worked on for clients have received awards both in the UK at National exhibitions and at prestigious European events like the Ginkgo Award and Noelanders Trophy.

Steve is happiest when working on trees in his studio.

Itoigawa Juniper

Han Kengai Itoigawa Juniper

Chinese Juniper

Pinus pentaphyla

Taxus cuspidata

Taxus cuspidata

Pinus pentaphyla

Yamadori Shimpaku Juniper

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