Born in Bolton, Lancashire. Steven attended Smithills Grammar School where he was awarded the 6th form Art Prize. Next he attended the Bolton School of Art's foundation course where he was the youngest student. This meant he had to stay an extra year, as he was not old enough to attend a full time college course. Although life drawings were rather dull and did not inspire him, he was featured in the Bolton Evening News painting a landscape of a local beauty spot. He painted many paintings for family and friends including his first portrait, that of Anne Broadhurst, his singing teacher.
Then because of an interest in the theatre kindled at the Bolton Octagon he went on the Croydon College of Art Theatre Design course. This was a three-year course. The rest of his career in the theatre can be seen on www.costumeconsultant.com Thirty years later he has returned to his roots and has spent the last four years developing a wide range of subjects to paint. He has had a picture selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Lamb Hill and this was also exhibited at the Llewellyn Alexander Gallery, London. His first one-man show as an artist was in Shoreditch at Ray Marsden's studio. Titled Fit as a butcher's dog, a collection of portraits and life studies in pastel and oils. In October this year he had another one man show, a kind of retrospective. He lives in East Dulwich and recently created costumes for Tonight Lola Blau at the Hampstead Theatre and mounted for the forth year, Mardi Gras 2005 in Ibiza.