I’m 59 years into an epic journey of love, peace, and art. The train I’ve climbed aboard is perfect for a raconteur like me. I'm one of six children so I love people and lots of action, plus my Italian and Spanish roots have blessed me with a HUGE group of supporters, around 187 cousins last count – yeah, right! Every bend, every bump, every thunderstorm -- all have meanings and lessons, and the people with whom I’m so blessed to ride just blow me away. 29 years ago a girl smiled at me and reached out her gentle hand into my broken world and I stepped onto her train at the perfect moment as my old life fell into the abyss and a new and exciting journey began. 30 days after we met she took me to Italy. The Christmas lights and New Year in Florence awoke my senses and the renaissance in my soul was reborn. My son and daughter were soon on that train and my heart continued to grow. "Love is not a pie, it is a recipe and there is more than enough for everyone. You just need to keep dishing it out!" Over the next two and a half decades we built a business that allowed us to make people happy one seat at a time, The Chairman. So for 28 years my passion for chairs has continued to grow in the vision of giant figures made of chairs that I saw the first time I walked into a dimly lit warehouse with David Shafer of Shafer Commercial seating. I saw the Soldiers -- and it has stayed with me for all these years. Two years ago Byron Shafer took me back to that warehouse and showed me another huge room full of chairs and parts that over the last 28 years had collected and he asked if I had any ideas what could be done with over a thousand chairs? It required not a second to say YES,YES, YES -- I want them! Like a gift from God I was transported back to 1989 and once again my heart soared and I was young and I was ready to take on this project that is now coming to fruition. The vision I received for the soldiers was one of peace and protection. The design was to be so large it would give the person standing in front of them the scale of being a small child looking up to a parent. When I met Brian Sartor there was an instant connection and his understanding that this was to be an epic sculpture was crystal clear and he was so excited, like I am, to build this. I knew I had met a true brother and he jumped on board my train and now, together, we’re on this incredible journey to bring the new vision of ‘Victory’ to the good people of this beautiful world and to take back the joy that evil doers would like to steal. VICTORY, Believe It!
Stephen's ArtPrize Entries
These are Stephen's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Stephen's Past Work
These are images of past work that Stephen has done.