1970s - 1980s

 Lack's House (72-2), 1970 Oil on Canvas   22 x 30 x 1 in.

Lack's House (72-2), 1970
Oil on Canvas   22 x 30 x 1 in.

 Robbin's House, Through Window, 1974 Watercolor on Paper      22 1/4 x 30 in.

Robbin's House, Through Window, 1974
Watercolor on Paper      22 1/4 x 30 in.

 Four Orange Figures (72-1A), 1972 Oil on Canvas   41 3/8 x 49 3/8 x 1 1/2 in.

Four Orange Figures (72-1A), 1972
Oil on Canvas   41 3/8 x 49 3/8 x 1 1/2 in.

 Bikini Figure with Yellow (72-4B), 1972 Oil on Canvas   36 x 44 x 1 in.

Bikini Figure with Yellow (72-4B), 1972
Oil on Canvas   36 x 44 x 1 in.

 Backyard View from Barn #2, 1974 Watercolor on paper   22 x 30 in.

Backyard View from Barn #2, 1974
Watercolor on paper   22 x 30 in.

 Two Horses in Shallows, 1989 Watercolor on Paper    27 1/2 x 41 in.

Two Horses in Shallows, 1989
Watercolor on Paper    27 1/2 x 41 in.

 Greenhead's safe harbor, 1984  Watercolor on Paper    27 1/4 x 40 1/2 in.

Greenhead's safe harbor, 1984

Watercolor on Paper    27 1/4 x 40 1/2 in.

 Untitled, 1974 Watercolor on Paper    22 1/4 x 30 1/4 in.

Untitled, 1974
Watercolor on Paper    22 1/4 x 30 1/4 in.

 Fog At Sand Beach (81-W1), 1981 Watercolor on Paper    27 3/8 x 25 1/4 x 1 3/8 in.

Fog At Sand Beach (81-W1), 1981
Watercolor on Paper    27 3/8 x 25 1/4 x 1 3/8 in.

 Untitled (74-3), 1974 Oil on Canvas    24 x 30 x 1 in.

Untitled (74-3), 1974
Oil on Canvas    24 x 30 x 1 in.

 Adam and Eve (71-1), 1971  Oil on Canvas   46 x 32 x 0 3/4 in.

Adam and Eve (71-1), 1971

Oil on Canvas   46 x 32 x 0 3/4 in.

1970s - 1980S

Stephen gives up his teaching position at Bard to devote more time to painting. The Paces buy a farmhouse - the Captain Al Shephard House - in Stonington Maine. They begin spending much of their time in Maine, usually from May until November. His work increasingly pays homage to the physical laborer,  whether it’s the Maine clam digger working the mudflats or the Indiana farmer tilling the soil. This harks back to many of his earlier memories as a child working on farms in the midwest.

See here for a list of Stephen’s solo and group exhibitions.

Key dates:

1974

Stephen has a solo exhibition at A.M. Sachs Gallery and receives a grant from Mark Rothko Foundation

1975 – 83

Stephen teaches at various colleges including Syracuse University, Kansas City Art Institute and American University. He continues having solo exhibitions at galleries and museums across the country.

1980 – 81

Stephen receives the Guggenheim Fellowship

 Pam on Porch (72-W3), 1972 Watercolor on Paper    27 1/2 x 35 1/2 x 1 1/2 in.

Pam on Porch (72-W3), 1972
Watercolor on Paper    27 1/2 x 35 1/2 x 1 1/2 in.

 Artist and Wife with Two Nudes (78-03), 1978 Oil on Canvas  25 x 30 x 0 1/2 in.

Artist and Wife with Two Nudes (78-03), 1978
Oil on Canvas  25 x 30 x 0 1/2 in.

 Porch View With Hat, Maine (78-02A), 1978 Oil on Canvas    28 1/2 x 20 1/4 x 1 in.

Porch View With Hat, Maine (78-02A), 1978
Oil on Canvas    28 1/2 x 20 1/4 x 1 in.

 Gulls and Pier (78-7A), 1978 oil on canvas     24 1/2 x 36 1/2 x 1 in.

Gulls and Pier (78-7A), 1978
oil on canvas     24 1/2 x 36 1/2 x 1 in.

 Missouri Mules (73-2), 1972 Oil on Canvas   30 x 39 7/8 in.

Missouri Mules (73-2), 1972
Oil on Canvas   30 x 39 7/8 in.

 Iowa Park (72-8), 1972 oil on canvas    50 1/2 x 85 1/2 x 1 1/2 in.

Iowa Park (72-8), 1972
oil on canvas    50 1/2 x 85 1/2 x 1 1/2 in.

 2 Nudes in Garden, 1972 Watercolor on Paper    22 1/2 x 30 3/4 in.

2 Nudes in Garden, 1972
Watercolor on Paper    22 1/2 x 30 3/4 in.

 Red Sunset with Sand Beach (81-W2), 1981 Watercolor on Paper   27 1/2 x 35 x 1 3/4 in.

Red Sunset with Sand Beach (81-W2), 1981
Watercolor on Paper   27 1/2 x 35 x 1 3/4 in.

 Untitled (71-3),1971 Oil on Canvas   44 1/2 x 35 1/2 x 1 in.

Untitled (71-3),1971
Oil on Canvas   44 1/2 x 35 1/2 x 1 in.

 Kathy Seated #2, 1971  Watercolor on Paper   30 x 22 1/4 in.

Kathy Seated #2, 1971

Watercolor on Paper   30 x 22 1/4 in.

 4 Horses (74-11), 1974 Oil on Canvas  73 x 93 x 1 1/2 in.

4 Horses (74-11), 1974
Oil on Canvas  73 x 93 x 1 1/2 in.

 Self-Portrait, Blue Hat, 1981 Watercolor on Paper    40 x 27 1/4 in.

Self-Portrait, Blue Hat, 1981
Watercolor on Paper    40 x 27 1/4 in.

 Sketching with Cat Watching (81-W4A), 1981 Watercolor on Paper   36 x 27 x 1 1/2 in.

Sketching with Cat Watching (81-W4A), 1981
Watercolor on Paper   36 x 27 x 1 1/2 in.

 Dotted Blouse (79-08), 1979  Oil on Canvas   28 x 36 in.

Dotted Blouse (79-08), 1979

Oil on Canvas   28 x 36 in.