Stephen studied printmaking and painting for several years at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. He received his BA degree in fine art from Arizona State University, concentrating on architectural history and landscape architecture. Over the following decade he worked as a landscape architect in Tempe, Arizona , the principal of Stephen J. Cullen and Associates. He now works full time in fine arts, focusing on small oil paintings and large canvas collages in oil.
Stephen currently lives in Portland, Oregon and his work focuses on dog portraits in oil. Following the lead of the 19th century British sporting and canine portrait artists such as Stubbs, Landseer and Wardle, Stephen’s portraits are centered on the character and worth of dogs. His intention is to create a body of work that portrays the nature and personality of dogs in a serious and faithful manner with the same dignity and detail that is so often reserved to the formal portraits of people.
Stephen’s dog portraits have been displayed at the Hart Witzen Gallery in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the Galerie Kornye West in Forth Worth, Texas. Shows include The Art Show At the Dog Show a national event in Wichita, Kansas. It was at the 2013 Art Show At the Dog Show that Stephen won second place in oil and acrylic paintings and best entry depicting a dog from the sporting group with Harvey and best entry depicting a great dane with Beuford.
Stephen has shown dog portraits at the Southern Appalachian Artist Guild National Juried Show in Georgia. Three paintings were accepted at The 2013 Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship Trials Art Show in Colorado.
Oil Paintings of America