Stephen is a perfectionist who strives to excel at whatever he attempts.
As well as attending the Banff School of Fine Arts, he has a BA from the University of Guelph where he majored in Drama with minors in Fine Art and Psychology. His formal art training and early work was focused primarily on black and white portraits and figure drawing using charcoal, pencil and ink mediums.
After university he worked as an actor in summer stock theatre. Shortly afterward, he signed with a Toronto model agency and a year later with a Personal Manger. This led to a decade long career as a model, working in Toronto, Montreal, Chicago, New York, Miami, and Vancouver. In addition to print work, he has appeared in television commercials for milk, beer, and soft drinks as well as major clothing brands.
Stephen photographs most of his subject matter and attributes much of his skill as a photographer to his experience on the other side of the camera.
Art was always a part of Stephen's life, but he became serious about painting in the late 1980's inspired primarily by Andy Warhol and the early work of Vancouver artist Joe Average. It was during this time that Stephen's style changed dramatically from the charcoal and pencil works to the large, colourful, and graphic canvases that he is now known for. He continues to explore and develop this style.
Stephen lives and works out of his loft studio close to English Bay in Vancouver's West End.