Stephen was born in Oldham Lancashire and was educated at Saddleworth Secondary School, on leaving school at the age of 15 he had several jobs before working for his father in the family business. Although he received no formal art training, at about the age of 30 he attended an adult education centre in Saddleworth and gained much experiance under the tutelage of the artist John McCombes.
He is particularly interested in painting landscape and figurative subjects mostly in oil.
He is a member of the Manchester Academy of Fine Art and of the Saddleworth and Lees Group of artists. He has also exhibited at the Manchester University and the Stockport and Oldham Open exhibtions