Stephen has worked on window and mannequin displays at Printemps department store in Kuala Lumpur in the mid 1980s. During his 16 years as the resident artist of the Kuching Hilton (till 2003), he was involved in hotel decor, poster designs, event backdrops and even dinner table layouts, garnering four Merit Awards along the way. In 2006 he decided to go home in Bario and open up an art gallery in his longhouse.
His paintings are inspired by music, nature, and any objects that surround him. He does big paintings (approx. 45" x 40") using acrylic on polyester-cotton. He often makes use of the native designs in a contemporary and abstract manner. His collection of paintings varies quite a lot with regards to techniques. He often paints early mornings when the light is bright.