Stephen Shortridge was born in Iowa and raised in southern California. Shortridge always excelled in art during his schooling but he mainly studied commercial art. While attending Idaho State University on a water polo scholarship, he took his first painting class.
Shortridge may be more familiar to you as an actor. Theatrically, he had many roles in different television programs and appeared in over fifty commercials. In 1987, Stephen played a role in the CBS daytime soap opera "The Bold and the Beautiful". After this role, Stephen set his priorities to finally pursue his passion for art.
Preferring to paint with full, rich colors and bold, swirling strokes, Shortridge established his own romantic impressionist style. His subjects are exposed to the warmth of natural light and free brushstrokes that result in a delicate division of color to create an elegant composition. Stephen Charles Shortridge has experienced much success with his paintings and hand-embellished giclees.
Stephen found painting creatively satisfying and explains, "...the feeling of being totally free to create as an artist is exciting to me. In acting a large part of the creative process had taken place by the time I was involved. The writer, director, and producer had already made many decisions about the character I would play. In contrast, painting gives me complete control. I may race along in a painting and have a disaster on my hands or something I'm proud of...but, I make the choices and accept the consequences, good or bad. That's freedom...it's precious and the most fulfilling part of being an artist to me."