Stephen’s natural aesthetic sense is expressed in various mediums. You’ll find a beautiful collection of his work in jewelry, flower arranging, painting, origami and photography at the Martinez Gallery and various art exhibitions and events in and around Martinez.
As an Environmentalist, nature is the inspiration for his artwork. It motivates him to create with natural or discarded materials that encourage others to save the planet. The subject matter of Stephen’s work is as varied as nature itself. Stephen has an eclectic sense of artistic expression. For him, “anything goes” – Always thinking of what to do next. His current focus is creating artwork with recycled materials.
Stephen’s lifelong artistic influence began as a child living in Burma. It was common to find graceful flower arrangements around his home. He and his mother enjoyed tending their garden of wild and hybrid orchids, exotic and other assorted plant life. Stephen creates simple flower arrangements, balanced with color and form, using flowers, grasses, and weeds from his Martinez garden, transforming them in to works of art.
Stephen earned an undergraduate degree in Zoology from the University of Kerala, India, a graduate degree in Environmental Science from the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education which is the largest international postgraduate water education facility in the world, based in Delft, the Netherlands, as well as a 2nd graduate degree in Environmental Management from the University of San Francisco.
In his spare time, he teaches jewelry-making classes in wire-wrapping at the Martinez Senior Center and origami and flower arrangement classes at the Pleasant Hill Community Center.