Stephen was born and brought up in South London, but in the early 80ʼs he relocated to West Norfolk. Although it was very different culturally he soon grew to love the Norfolk countryside and has been here ever since. However, he is always keen to explore new places and in recent years he has been fortunate enough to travel extensively.
Stephen had no background in fine art, but in 1993 chanced upon a programme on Channel 4, presented by Alwyn Crawshaw who was already well known as a TV artist.
As the weekly programmes rolled by he became more and more fascinated with what a bit of paint, paper and a couple of brushes could do and so, he had to have a go!
Luckily, Stephen found an adult education class, tutored by an encouraging and skilled teacher, Mike Tuddenham. Little by little, Mike gave him the skills he needed to become a watercolour artist. Several years of practice later, Stephen found himself standing up at an easel with twenty students watching him. The wheel had turned full circle.
As an artist the Norfolk landscape with its big skies and wide open spaces takes a lot of beating. Stephen love nothing more than to be up on the North Norfolk coast sketching a few boats, or watching a glorious sunset across a muddy Norfolk field.
However, as a keen hiker, his boots have taken him to many corners of Britain and across the globe. With a sketchbook always in the rucksack and a camera at the ready, Stephen has created many watercolour, pen and wash, and oil paintings that reflect those visits. Stephen is just as happy sketching on the streets of Lisbon, in the Blue Mountains of Australia, or on the Great Wall of China as he is painting scenes that are in his own Norfolk backyard.