Born in Ontario, Canada in 1969, Stephen moved with his family to Vancouver, BC in 1978, then onto Calgary, Alberta in 1984, where he now resides. Stephen was educated at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, and has worked as a professional artist since 1994. His art draws on both contemporary and traditional styles, with a special focus on western Canadian themes. He works in a variety of mediums, acrylic, watercolour, charcoal, though he is most known for his vibrant snowy landscapes and urbanscapes in oils.
Part of Stephen’s growth as an artist has come from his travels throughout Canada, the US and Europe. Having resided in various regions of Canada, he is inspired by diverse landscapes, including the western prairies, grasslands and foothills, Canadian Rockies, Pacific Coast, and rugged terrain of Eastern Canada. An avid hiker, cross country and downhill skier, Stephen draws much inspiration from the outdoors. Stephen has been influenced by and appreciates many Canadian Artists, in particular the Group of Seven.
Stephen’s early artistic journey focused on painting trompe l’oeil murals in a variety of settings, from large scale vibrant murals for community improvement projects, to casino interiors and ceilings in some amazing homes. Though he continues to design and paint the odd mural, he has shifted mainly to fine art painting and instruction in his home studio. He has many shows to his credit in a variety of settings throughout Alberta and BC. His paintings can be found in both private and corporate collections.