Born in San Diego in 1971, and growing up in the small town atmosphere of Novato, California, Steven Quartly has fond memories of his childhood years. The eldest of two children to Janet and Christopher Quartly, his mother a homemaker and his father owner of a life insurance company and an artist at heart, Steven remembers happy times from his early years, playing in the woods and in the trees on the hillside near their home with his sister Karyn. School was not easy for Steven .In fact, he says, "I was a kid who struggled. I tried, but it was very difficult." Steven suffers from dyslexia and thus his parents encouraged him in the arts-painting and music. "That was the best thing for me," he says. "Most people think if kids don't do well in school, they don't have a future. But I just learned differently, I learned on a creative level. "