Stephen Early began his art education at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. Among his other accolades, Early was the recipient of a Certificate of Excellence at the Portrait Society of America’s 2008 and 2010 Portrait Competitions. He is an instructor at Studio Incamminati teaching those who joined the school in 2002 at its inception and has served as principal instructor in Nelson Shanks’ Intensive and Advanced Painting Workshops at Studio Incamminati. Early has also taught workshops at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and at the New York Academy of Fine Arts Workshop, among others. Additionally, he served as Nelson Shanks’ teaching assistant at the Art Students League of New York. Previously, Early worked as an illustrator after receiving his A.S. degree in commercial art from the Art Institute of Philadelphia. He completed additional studies at the Art Students League of New York and at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia.