Unit 3, 1756 Northway Avenue
I learned to love painting when I was very young. It’s funny when I think back to how I painted back then – I swear I got more paint on myself than on the canvas. But I always found that when I’m painting I pour my heart and soul into the artwork. It always brought me joy and satisfaction. And even if I was sidetracked from being a full-time artist for too many years, I always managed to find outlets for my creativity – whether in dance, photography, music, writing, videography, or creating stage props and sets. And though I’ve enjoyed many things in my life, I’ve always thought painting was my greatest gift. My work crosses many genres, styles, and media. Some works convey a message, while others are merely whimsical, or appreciative of beauty. But no matter which medium or subject matter I choose, I’m always relishing in the creation. I currently have a number of series in progress. “Freeze Frames” is a series of abstract-ish paintings inspired by freeze frames from popular movies. I also have series of figurative works, portraiture, nature, atrocities, spirits & spirituality, industrial abstract, and dance. The Dance paintings are quite impressive as a number of these paintings portray the dancers life-size – making the canvasses range in size from 6 feet to 12 feet. As well, I have a number of “one-offs” – paintings which are not part of any series. Stephen recently received a grant to paint a mural on the east side of the Ukrainian hall (1033 Ottawa Street, across from Lanspeary Park), which will be completed sometime this summer. Stephen was born in Saskatoon but grew up in Windsor. He obtained degrees in Visual Arts, Communication Studies and Education at the University of Windsor. He then moved to live in Toronto, Winnipeg and Edmonton. He worked as a teacher, arts administrator, heavy machine operator, firefighter, home renovator, camera operator, video editor, and in numerous aspects of television, film and stage production. After being away for 35 years, Stephen retired to live in Windsor in 2017 to pursue painting fulltime – primarily working in oil and acrylic.