Stephen Rountree is an East Coast-based artist, designer, and writer. As the former Graphics Director for U.S. News & World Report magazine and usnews.com, he has researched, designed, and illustrated graphics covering the major news stories of the last decade of the 20th century and the first years of the 21st. His work has been extensively published in Popular Science, Wired, Smithsonian, National Geographic, and many others.
His work for Popular Science has won national magazine design awards and he's been republished all over the world.
One of his clients has been the United States Navy, which commissioned him to create the official illustration of the most advanced submarine in the world—the Virginia-class sub.
To create the art for Deadly Quiet, Stephen worked closely with the amazing naval officers and designers who engineered and built the Virginia-class. Stephen and the Navy wanted to create the official, most complete, accurate, and beautiful illustration—without giving away any of the boat's top-secret capabilities.
Deadly Quiet was exactly what they aimed for and since its initial publication in All Hands magazine, the artwork has been republished around the world.
After the initial run in All Hands, Stephen redesigned the art around the original illustration to create a museum quality print for true submarine enthusiasts. He presented the very first version of the new artwork as a framed special edition to the USS North Carolina's first captain, Capt. Mark Davis at that sub's commissioning in Wilmington, NC. It was installed on the sub and deployed with the crew of the North Carolina.
Stephen is grateful for the chance to have played a small part in the history of this amazing submarine and he salutes the men and women who created the Virginia-class and is grateful for all those who have served our country in the Silent Service aboard these boats.