Stephen was born in Flagstaff, Arizona, into a family with roots deep in the Southwest. He was exposed to ranch life as a child and worked as a ranch cowboy as a young man. Stephen's introduction to metalworking began with the need to shoe his own horses. Working in front of an anvil developed into a career in ornamental ironwork. In turn, a desire for greater artistic expression led Stephen to explore sculpting. His sculpture depicts contemporary cowboy life.
Stephen's awards include: the Olaf Wieghorst Award for Best of Show at the Mountain Oyster Club Contemporary Art Show & Sale in 2004; the award for best presentation at both the 2005 and 2006 Calgary Stampede Western Art Salons; and best of show at the 2006 C
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