Stephen Santore has been driven to create ever since he can remember. He vividly recalls his kinship with kindergarten crafts, using bright wax crayons, delicious white paste and those really dull and hard to control scissors. He also remembers, even then, having a love of life and people, and sensing the desire to understand what this life is all about.
Stephen’s favorite class in grade school was not even a class. It was art, which was usually, but not always, offered once every last Friday of the month. He spent the majority of his study periods in high school reading and looking through the arts and photography section of the library. (There was no “internet”.) And, after all these years, cherishes, and still uses, the red metal toolbox used to keep art supplies for his high school art classes.
During his first semester at Haverford College, Mr. Santore decided to pursue art and design professionally. He was accepted and fortunate to study his next term at The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. While there, he was able to study human anatomy under Robert Beverly Hale. Stephen was then accepted into Rhode Island School of Design, where he received a BFA in illustration, with significant course work in product design. At RISD he was blessed to study under David Macauley, Chris Van Allsburg, Akira Arita, Mahler Ryder, Lorraine Shemish and many other superb professionals. In addition, and quite importantly, he learned a great deal from many of his fellow students there. He also was able to study human anatomy for artists and designers taught at Brown University School of Medicine by George Emil Erikson, M.D.
Stephen worked for over 20 years executing illustration, storyboarding and product design and development for organizations such as BBDO, Chiat/Day, NWAyer, Disney, Waterford Crystal, Lenox, Wilton Armetale and Teleflora. During that time, he spent many fruitful years designing product for St. George Crystal. Stephen also has taught illustration at the Art Center College of Design.
Through the years Stephen developed a keen interest in the work of Carl Jung, Katharine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers. He became certified in the administration and interpretation of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator®, a psychological type assessment used as a tool to assist in the verification of one’s psychological type. He was designated a master practitioner of the assessment and currently is a certification instructor for college, university and independent career counselors, nationwide. He also maintains his own private practice. There is true synergy between his work with psychological type and his creative work.
Mr. Santore now balances the work he loves most: image making and the study, teaching and application of psychological type. His artwork has been shown at the The Student Show of The Society of Illustrators in New York, the Woods-Gerry Gallery of Rhode Island School of Design, The Society of Illustrators West in Los Angeles, The University of California Santa Barbara, The Laguna Art Festival/Art Affair and the San Diego Art Institute. He has also exhibited in the group show “HUE + ME”, in Provo, Utah, and The Weight of the World: A Contemporary Art Exhibition of Affect and Reason, at Arizona State University. Stephen’s work has also been shown at The Art Museum, Idaho Falls, ID, and the Willard Arts Center in Idaho Falls, ID. His work is also in private collections in California, Texas, Utah, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and New Jersey. He has completed, and is currently working on, several commissioned pieces.
Stephen Santore currently lives in Asheville, North Carolina.