Stephen Taylor studied painting at Leeds University, after which he studied perception and technique in John Constable as a post-graduate at Essex University. Resident Artist at Felsted School in Essex for two years, he has taught part time at a number of colleges in the U.K. including The Inchbald School of Design and the Open College of the Arts. He has paintings in private collections worldwide.

Since the mid 1990's he has concentrated exclusively on modern landscape, combining sophisticated traditional oil techniques with modern digital image analysis to produce paintings which are vividly real and yet at the same time unmistakably works of selection and of art. Larger pieces involve integrating many different photographic and painted studies and can take up to three years to complete. The images combine immediate impact of place with a revelation of worlds within a world.