Steven studied art at Dartmouth College while completing a degree in biology. There he met his wife, Karen, and they married just before graduation in 1979. For the next five years Steve studied art at the University of Iowa School of Art, earning his MFA in painting in 1984. They now live in Anchorage with their four children. Steve taught painting, drawing, and design classes as an adjunct instructor at University of Alaska Anchorage before becoming director of the Art Program at Alaska Pacific University. Since 1992, he has worked full time as a professional artist painting the south central Alaskan landscape. He has received several public art commissions and has had numerous one-man shows across the state. His work can be seen at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art and in many collections across the U.S.