Inspired by this quote Stephen apprenticed to master painter, Niko Chocheli. Under his guidance, he spent five years mastering the fundamental skills of drawing, design and draftsmanship in the classical tradition.
Building upon this classical training, and being inspired by noted artist Anne Packard of Provincetown, MA, Stephen began to explore his own artistic voice. “After critiquing my work Anne looked at me and said, 'Too much information! I want to see your soul on paper.' That day, I found my voice.” His artistic voice has expanded through an exploration of the shamanic artistic journey under the guidance of Irish artist Timothy Hawkesworth and subsequent studies with Cynthia Packard of Provincetown, MA.
Stephen's work has been displayed and sold at: The Chocheli School of Fine Arts in Doylestown PA; The Orazio J. Salati Studio and Gallery in Binghamton NY; Harperspace Gallery, Wellfleet Mass; Artist's Open Studio Show, Hilltown PA; Netherfield Gallery, Frenchtown, NJ; in addition to private commissions.