"I am a portrait painter because of my passion for the peoples of this world. I hope my portraits reveal that every person of every race and culture is interconnected, indispensable and radiant with astonishing beauty!"
From early age he had a strong fascination for a human face
He made a lot of sketches of his family and friends
In high school he realizes that his calling was portraiture
He focused on painting classes and studied color theory in college in New York
30 years ago he left art school and New York and began to establish himself as a professional artist
First he painted for himself
His move to Mexico influenced his work greatly – he focused on creating pictures that would bring joy to others, a new world of possibilities opened up
He has travelled to over 30 countries during the last 20 years
He looks for indigenous people to capture their soulful faces and ritual adornments through colorful paintings on a grand scale
He wants to preserve and celebrate the world’s diversity through a unique style of realism
The focus of his paintings is on the eyes
is to paint 1,000 portraits to be exhibited worldwide. Young, old, joyful, and withered faces populate these vibrant canvases, celebrating a variety of ethnic strains.
Stephen has a keen sense of observation and able to bring out the beauty of a face
He succeeds in his artistic endeavors thanks to his personal qualities
The light is brought by his play of colors
He operates a nonprofit organization that encourages school children to draw and paint
He mounts exhibitions of his massive acrylic portraits in galleries, building lobbies, community cultural centers, and museums.
On large surfaces while travelling he takes the photographs back to his studio and uses enlargements to trace the outlines of the facial features. Workplace
… he gets to know the sitters and establishes spiritual connection between them so the viewers can sense the emotions that they exchanged
He wants the paintings to become the stories of their lives
He establishes either a limited or an expansive palette of
Beach Baby (Seychelles) 2001, acrylic, 80 x 64. Goggle Girl (Tanzania ) Acrylic on Canvas 80 x 64
He seldom employs traditional techniques of modulating warm and cool flesh colors or selecting pigments to match the exact appearance of the subject.
He uses oil to create the half of his paintings, but while travelling prefers using acrylic
He increased the sizes of his paintings so he could work more freely and give greater impact to the portraits.
His portraits of some dignitaries and celebrities were used by public figures to raise money and awareness for charity
He has allowed the paintings to be sold as a way of raising funds for nonprofit organizations
“ Through the organization I have facilitated art workshops for thousands of children . The organization mounts exhibits of portrait paintings of children, artists, and local craftspeople. Ultimately, Faces of the World serves to preserve and celebrate indigenous culture by promoting education, cultural pride, ethno-ecotourism, and art.”