Stephen Hawkins was born in Surrey in 1964. As a boy Stephen combined an enthusiasm for horse riding with a love of drawing, to display a talent for equestrian painting. Though he studied art to A level at school, Stephen cites his association with various art societies as more influential on his early development. Through them, he received some guidance from other artists and the first opportunity to sell his work.
On leaving school, Stephen decided to try to pursue a career as an artist. Initially supporting himself with a variety of temporary jobs, he eventually secured more permanent employment at the Alan Carter Gallery, a job with the advantage of providing a steady stream of commissions. Contact with an agent put Stephen in touch with a number of galleries across the south of England, which in turn, enabled him to realise his goal of painting full time.
Largely self taught, Stephen made the transition from acrylic to oil paints around the time of leaving school. Learning to work in pastel came some time later. He remains an enthusiastic sketcher, keeping drawings of each painting he completes.
As well as exhibiting with various galleries in Great Britain and the USA, he has shown work with the Royal Society of Equestrian Artists. Stephen lives in the heart of rural Sussex with his wife and two children.