Stephen Park was born in 1953 in Birmingham, England. Stephen first started painting at the tender age of twelve, although his real enthusiasm for art did not begin until the age of fifteen. Influenced by the famous artist John Constable, Stephen first set about painting landscapes and seascapes, from which he took some of his very first commissions.
In 1980 Stephen Park decided to extend his art to wildlife, although it was not until a trip to Kenya in the late 1980s that his passion was awakened to the true beauty of this subject. “There is a very special feeling when you actually experience these animals in their natural habitat”, and so it was that Stephen embarked upon painting these magnificent creatures.
The experience he has gained over the years painting such animals has now led to the inclusion of that most elegant of sporting animals – the racehorse. Many trips to racecourses all over the country photographing the action over jumps and the flat have enabled Stephen to capture this majestic animal at its best. He has had commissions from as far afield as the USA, Australia and Europe.
It can take many weeks of research and long hours at the easel to produce a painting of the quality that Stephen Park is known for.