Portrait by Zoe Elkington
About the artist
Stephen's insane jealousy when his daughter's year 12 major work won a year's scholarship at the Julian Ashton Art School was the loud call that it was time for him to do something about the desire to paint he had subdued every day for 25 years.
A couple of introductory TAFE Cert IV Fine Arts subjects in drawing and painting in 2006 and 2007 provided some enforced structure and input, but rather than continue with a broad curriculum which would take him into areas of less interest, he left
classes to pursue the areas which have always captured his imagination - the light, colour, shape and texture of the Australian natural environment. In 2015 he took the step of leaving regular employment to work full-time at his art.