Stevens was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1954 and raised in Westport, Connecticut. In 1972, he moved to Washington, D.C. where he earned a B.F.A. and an M.F.A. from The George Washington University. In 1982, he began to teach drawing and anatomy at his alma mater. About six years later, he became an instructor at Georgetown University, where he taught portrait painting.
Stevens’ sitters include Governor Mark Warner of Virginia; the family of Senator John D. Rockefeller, IV; and Senator Jennings Randolph of West Virginia. He also painted civil rights leader Vernon E. Jordan, whose portrait is in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.
Stevens has painted historical portraits and murals for the White House; U.S. Department of State; U.S. House of Representatives; U.S. Embassy in Paris; Monticello; and the U.S. Capitol. In January 2002, the Smithsonian Institution commissioned him to reproduce Gilbert Stuart’s George Washington: the Lansdowne Portrait. The painting now hangs in Mount Vernon.