Born in Lancashire in 1952, Steven showed a natural talent for painting from a very early age and even won an art competition when he was just five.
His true talent was recognised when in 1974 he was the winner of the Manchester Evening News Art Competition. This was a competition open to professional artists - as well as amateurs. From this, demand for his work increase...d so much that Steven became a professional artist in 1978. Steve has regular representation from numerous art galleries throughout the North, and has been exhibited alongside the likes of L.S Lowry.
Steven's characteristic style was greatly influenced by his grandfather, with whom he used to travel around the city throughout his childhood, appreciating the interesting details of the Victorian and Edwardian Architecture. His love of historic buildings inspired him to accurately recreate some of the most iconic scenes as they were in their day.
He captures with great effect local History in his work, creating vivid street scenes enhanced with spectacular light effects, bringing together movement and life from this bygone age. The buildings, the people and the lighting are all translated from meticulous research and a true dedication and attention to detail.
Those with a keen eye will notice that it is always 4.05pm in Steven's paintings, this is not only due to the fact that Steven likes to evoke Winter's evening rush, but also pays homage to Steven's own life. 4.05pm was a time when walking home from school Steven had time to day-dream, to free his artistic mind from the rigidity of school life. He remembers the time fondly, and cites it as one of the contributing factors to him becoming an artist.