Stephen was born and raised in Bancroft, Ontario. His family history dates back to the original pioneer settlement of the 1800’s. Nestled in the hills of the Canadian Shield in the Algonquin Park region, the area is renowned for its rugged beauty, a special place for early Canadian artists, particularly Tom Thomson, A.J. Casson and David Milne whose vision and influence are evident in Stephen’s work.
In 1980 Stephen studied Fine Art at the University of Guelph and then spent 10 years fighting forest fires with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. Returning to school in 1989, Stephen studied commercial art at Fanshawe College in London. As a graphic artist and creative director in the years that followed, Stephen worked on a wide array of national and local accounts. Although the work was challenging and rewarding, Stephen longed to do work of greater value, meaning and permanence.
In 2007 Stephen started painting in earnest and his work of landscapes and portraitures hang in public and private collections in Canada, the United States and Europe. Currently, he is engaged in producing a series of portraits of Canadian soldiers who have fallen in Afghanistan.
Stephen teaches an Introduction to Water Soluble Oils class in the Art Gallery of Lambeth Studio in London, Ontario. See our Art Programs page for details.
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