Although his subject matter and themes are always evolving, Stephen has a recognizable style that carries through his work. The approach is "stylized realism" with an emphasis on the sense of light and colour. His background in commercial photography and design have a noticeable influence on his technique, composition and design sensibility, creating a look that is clean, fresh and contemporary.
Ways I Work
In a previous life I was (a) ...
In a previous life I was a monk. The Buddhist monastic tradition still has appeal-- except for the deference to authority, the celibacy and the lack of artistic freedom-- otherwise...
When did you start making art, and why?
I've been doing art since childhood. When you start at a young age you don't really question why - you just do. After working as a commercial photographer for a number of years the urge to do "art for art's sake" resurfaced. Much experimentation in many areas has led me to where I am now with a realist style of execution and a stylized vision of reality-- working in oil and acrylic.
Your favourite spot in Toronto right now
My favourite spot in Toronto is still probably the AGO. The gallery scene in general is great in Toronto.
Describe the person your work appeals to in 3 words
The person who likes my "narrative art" is usually someone who likes a story-- something to interpret or something that resonates internally without necessarily having a conscious explanation.
Which piece of art you've created is your favourite, and why?
One of my favourite pieces of art that I've created is "The Hero's Journey" I like the execution but it also has personal meaning-- probably has meaning for most of us-- summoning up the courage to make "The Big Leap".