Stephen Charles Shortridge, the artist, may be more familiar to you as an actor. For fifteen years he has sold you such products as Mennen Speedstick, Coke, Certs, and Head and Shoulders to name just a few of the over fifty TV commercials he's done. Theatrically he has starred as a series regular in "Welcome Back Kotter" as the southern sweathog 'Beau' and co-starred with Debbie Reynolds on the ABC show "Aloha Paradise". He spent the year 1987 playing the role of David Reed as part of the original cast on the CBS daytime soap opera "The Bold and the Beautiful". It was after this role that Stephen set his priorities toward business and finally to pursue his love of art.
Stephen enjoyed acting but found painting much more creatively satisfying. Born in Iowa and raised in Southern California, Stephen excelled in art throughout his schooling but had mainly studied commercial art. He took his first painting class while attending Idaho State University on a Water Polo Scholarship. Without formal training, the French Impressionists became his teachers, Monet in particular. Preferring full colors and bold painting strokes Stephen has established his own aggressive style.