Steven Stroud grew up in Park Ridge, Illinois, a Suburb of Chicago. He holds degrees in painting from Drake University and the Art Center College of Design. He served in the US Navy as a graphic artist and photographer.
Mr. Stroud was an Illustrator for over twenty-five years and has done covers of countless bestsellers, including books by Isaac Asimov, Stephen King, Clive Cussler and John Sanford. He has done special editions of works by Pearl Buck, John Cheever, William Faulkner, Joseph Heller, Joyce Carol Oats and William Styron. His corporate accounts have included NBC, Pepsi Cola, General Electric, UPS, Omega Engineering and the Department of Defense. He is a past President of the Society of Illustrators and currently serves an advisor to the Executive Board. He is also a director of the Henry Carter Foundation, a philanthropic organization whose sole benefactor is the Society of Illustrators.
Mr. Stroud’s studio has been host to countless interns and he has lectured at all levels of education. He was the 2010 Commencement Speaker at the Paier College of Art in Connecticut. Mr. Stroud is featured in the books The Illustrator in America, by Walter Reed and Knowing Darkness, Artists inspired by Stephen King, by George Beahm
Mr. Stroud’s love of landscape painting led to a second career. For the past fifteen years he has devoted himself exclusively to gallery painting and landscapes. In that time, he has had numerous highly successful group and one-man shows. His landscape work is in the permanent collection of the Florence Griswold Museum as well as hundreds of private collections. He is represented by Newbury Fine Arts in Boston and Tilting at Windmills Gallery in Manchester, Vermont.
Mr. Stroud and his wife Nancy have recently moved to Leverett, Massachusetts to be near their grandchildren. For the 36 years previously, they were residents of Shelton, Connecticut.