Stan's early influences originated through reading Treasure Island, illustrated by N.C. Wyeth. The sense of drama in the compositions, the color and movement of the water and the shape of the clouds in Wyeth's works made an impact.
Being in a Navy family, travel was constant. At age eight, his family moved to Japan, then Hawai'i and finally Taiwan, living outside of the US mainland for eight straight years. Polynesian and Asian art and eastern culture were Stan's norm as well as a constant diet of surfing. This life was rich with early 1960's Hawai'iana and the exotic world of a then pristine Taiwan. Surfing meant land and seascapes of impossibly beautiful tropical backdrops, setting the stage for his artistic vision.
Stan pursued a fine arts education, leading to a successful music career. Beyond music, Stan's fascination with engineering led to a career in software design and international business.
By the early 1990's, Stan was painting and exhibiting in his home town of Hampton, New Hampshire selling his paintings to local collectors. He has always placed an emphasis on mastering technique in tandem with evolving his style. His early fascination with Vermeer, Maxfield Parish and Bill Ogden's works led to learning how to apply multiple layers of paint mixed with varnish, an old world masters' technique known as glazing. The result is a depth of image, often jewel like, as natural light penetrates the varnish and reflects the color back to the viewer's eye...the paintings "pop". This technique makes for labor intensive paintings, but the results are worth the added time and effort. It enables Stan to capture the intensity of his subject matter in the same way the Hawai'ian and Taiwanese land and seascapes captured him as a young man...vibrant, yet correct color palette, truthful perspective, passionate composition.
Stan's works are collected by some of the foremost ocean art collectors and is on display in board rooms of well known corporations in the US. Today, Stan can be found with his wife Kristi and their dogs, Frankie and Olive at his home in either Bocas Del Toro, Panama or Barrington NH. His paintings are available principally through commissions or occasionally through gallery exhibitions.