Stephen cannot remember a time when he didn’t draw. He must have been very young as he can recall crayoning and enjoying creating new images on paper strewn across the kitchen table.

At the Royal Masonic School for Boys, his favourite subject was Art. Once his schooldays were over, opportunities to draw or paint were limited to evening classes. However, Art also had to take third place after family commitments and his passion for dinghy sailing, and suffered as a result. Then, after a lifetime of family and business pressures, his retirement in 2000 at last gave him time to draw and paint – and sail! He spent the next five years ‘going back to the drawing board’ and attending Adult Education classes in Surrey. There, he explored portraiture, still life and life drawing, and covered much of what might be included in a Foundation Art course.

A frequent visitor to the South Hams since the age of nine, he bought a holiday flat overlooking Salcombe estuary in 1996. When he moved permanently to Salcombe in 2007, he joined both the Kingsbridge and South Hams Art Club, and the Salcombe Art Club. He has attended many local workshops and learnt much from studying the work of local artists.