REACHING FOR SUNSHINE
Born in Muncie, Indiana, and the son of teachers with a penchant for spending summers on a remote island in Western Ontario, young Stephen grew up with the distinct juxtaposition of living life between a mid-western university city and a log cabin without electricity. In his words, he “learned to love nature and solitude in Ontario, and appreciate the knowledge and learning in Indiana."
Taught about a variety of art by his art teacher father, he fell in love with welded metal sculptures.
Fast-forward to 1973 and his marriage to Gloria Ann. He studied electronics at Ohio Institute of Technology and worked in the family plastics business. But, sculpting was still a primary passion. In 2002, the family moved to Bluffton, seven miles from Hilton Head Island – rural, but not remote. They live and work on an acre of wooded land and love the salt marsh and the nearby May River.
He's created several hundred pieces, ranging from table-top to outdoor, larger-than-life works. He does commissions and favorite pieces are in galleries as well.
His advice is sound. “Doing what you love for a living is possible; it is not only possible, it is the right thing to do. Everyone is, by nature, gifted with a unique ability. Find your gift, and then pursue it.”
Visit his site, enjoy, and picture one of these beauties adorning your home or yard.