Iain Stewart is an award winning watercolor artist and a signature member of the National
Watercolor Society (NWS).
His work has received numerous awards in international competition. Most recently his watercolor “Thurlow Dam, Tallassee Alabama” was honored with a Purchase Award from the National Watercolor Society, his work “5th Avenue in Rain” was selected for inclusion in the Shanghai Zhujiajiao International Watercolour Biennial Exhibition, and his watercolor Grace.
Church will be on exhibition at the Salmagundi Club in New York for the American Watercolor Society’s 146th Annual International Exhibition in April 2013.
Iain will be featured in the March 2013 issue of the international publication The Art of Watercolour.
His paintings have been published in Southern Living, Cottage Living, Better Homes and Gardens, The Robb Report, Watercolor Artist Magazine and the French publication Practique des Arts.
Iain maintains a studio in Opelika, Alabama, and in addition to gallery work, is an Architectural Illustrator with an international clientele and teaches watercolor and design drawing at Auburn University.
This is his Artist Statement
I rely on instinct a great deal and endeavor not to imbue any false grandeur to the choices I make when working. The lion’s share of my work is done alla prima as my real struggle in painting is to capture the initial vision for any given piece. I am most often motivated by capturing a definitive lighting condition and how it influences shape and value rather than faithfully representing the subject as witnessed. Watercolor is uniquely suited for this task as “light” is reserved from the first brush strokes and must be protected throughout the painting process .
The underlying narrative in my work is not based on any theme in particular but quite simply
how “place” is inhabited and used daily.
I often use remembered atmospheric and lighting conditions in my work and would say that I paint from life and memory simultaneously. My watercolors are not only a translation of what I see, but more importantly, an expression of how I choose to view the world.
You can find additional information visiting his Website