Born in Uddingston, Lanarkshire, Scotland in 1953, I have been painting and drawing for as long as I can remember. My father, who went under the name of Mackean Stewart, produced many excellent artworks until his death in 2010. His Kintyre paintings were particularly popular and prints & cards of his work are still available.
At Edinburgh College of Art under the guidance of Hugh Buchanan (as well as Paul Furneaux and Joan Smith) my desire to pursue a career in art was confirmed. My wife Gill and I had already opened The Oystercatcher Gallery in Campbeltown, Kintyre – winning a Business of the Year Award in 1994. We sold the business in 2011 and Gill is now continuing her floral work for weddings and events as Gill Stewart Flowerscape, a business which is going from strength to strength.
I was asked to do photography work for a well-known Argyll wedding venue in 2010 and photographed at over 100 weddings for them as well as a growing number for other venues, and with some considerable success. However, painting, drawing and illustration remain my principal passion, with watercolour and gouache my preferred media for painting; but I also work in acrylic and pastels when the occasion demands it.
I have created illustrations for books and magazines (and am currently working on some illustrations for book projects of my own, which will be promoted from this website along with other publications as they arise), and been involved in a number of public artworks and projects.
As a member of Artmap Argyll, the artist’s open studios network, I have taken part in a number of exhibitions, workshops and demonstrations in association with other Artmap Artists. I was Chairman from 2009 to 2012, and Vice-Chairman in 2013. Our workshops at ‘The Best of The West Festival’ (BOWFest) at Inveraray Castle, were a big hit.
My work is represented in many private collections in Britain, Europe, Australia, Canada and the United States.