Bio Pic Image

Don Stewart has created an astounding amount of art in his life.

For over 20 years it's been art for the illustration field and nearly 100 of his paintings have been published as book covers for clients like HarperCollins, Macmillan, Moody Press, Pocket Books and Scholastic. Countless paintings have also been published as illustrations for magazines, advertising, children's books and textbooks. In addition, Don is a pioneer of digital painting methods and those, along with his digital paintings, have been featured in the last five consecutive editions of The Painter Wow! Book.

Since 2006 Don has devoted himself to creating works of Fine art and he is equally accomplished at painting people, landscapes and still lifes. Much of his Fine art has been exhibited and is held in private collections.

But no matter what the subject, these days Don prefers to paint from life, using oils, in a style that can best be described as painterly realism.

On the topic of painting from life instead of photographs, Don says, "Painting from life is the traditional Fine art method, after all. Besides that, though, I find that all of the detail replicated in photographs gets in my way as an artist. Without them, I'm better able to edit out the irrelevant details and paint the essence of a subject. Also the subtle color shifts in a subject are an essential part of their essence, and photographs simply don't get those right."

Currently Don divides his time between fine art, illustration and teaching. He teaches drawing and oil painting at Guilford Technical Community College and Serendipity Art School, which are both in Greensboro, North Carolina. As well as at Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In addition, he hosts the ArtistChronicle channel on YouTube.

Don received his BFA degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and currently lives in that city, which is centrally located in North Carolina's picturesque heartland.

Watch The Video

A lighthearted and musical look at Don painting a seascape, en plein air: