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 Challenge New Mexico show in Santa Fe. His work can be seen at exhibitions throughout the West, including, in addition to the foregoing, the Phippen Museum Art Show & Sale in Prescott, Arizona, the Cottonwood Art Festival in Richardson, Texas, and the Cowboy Marketplace at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.
Stephen divides his time between sculpting, architectural blacksmithing and tending to his New Mexico ranch. He still shoes his own horses.
Submitted by Frances Deters