Born in Clydebank in 1953, Stephen went to Dundee Art College and graduated BA in Drawing and Painting in 1975 and then in 1976 received the Greenshields Award to study painting in Paris. In 1978 injuries sustained in a road traffic accident prevented Stephen from painting and he turned his imagination to design. He developed the now universal floor-level illuminated exiting displays for aircraft. He patented fibre optic carpeting, now a global industry, including for therapeutic uses. After winning two Design Centre Awards he was a consultant with the design council and became a member of Memphis Milano. Disenchanted with the commercial world of design, Stephen returned to painting and in 1992 he post-graduated MPhil in Fine Arts from Dundee University and has gone on to exhibit at the Pompidou Centre, Tokyo Museum of Art, the Barbican and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Stephen enjoys combining traditional painting skills with a subversive take on artists' clichés but with the overall imperative of visual decoration. Stephen works in Dundee or from his studio in Kilchoan in Ardnamurchan, the westernmost studio on the British mainland.