Stephen is from the Namgis Tribe of the Kwakwaka'wakw Nation; he was born in 1968, in Alert Bay British Columbia. Stephen began to carve at the age of 18 with local prominent artists, such as Ned Matilpi, Beau Dick and Wayne Alfred. Stephen has assisted numerous artists with monumental commissions earning him a reputation for monumental work, as well as the understanding and ability to answer to contractual obligations at a very early point in his career. This has continued to be a factor as he has received numerous commissions for totem poles. He assisted with many large-scale projects including a replica Kwakwaka’wakw village for the Dolfinarium Theme Park in Harderwijk, Holland, and an eighteen-foot totem pole for the Mitsui Corporation in Tokyo. He was the head carver for the creation of several totem poles and three house fronts. He carved a ten-foot Supernatural Halibut pole for the Namgis First Nation in 1995, now standing in the Alert Bay Cemetery. He was one of eight carvers selected to create the new ceremonial big house in Alert Bay. Stephen is a very versatile carver, creating everything from rattles to thirty-foot totem poles and in recent years creating jewelry in gold and silver.