I am trained as an architect and, as such, approach painting design with a very similar sensibility. I feel that I need to communicate the vernacular of place in a way that is deeply personal to me. I embrace a dialogue between the real and imagined- seeking a way to allow myself to express my personal feeling of being in a certain setting rather than being confined by the reality of it. That ebb and flow, the back and forth, are what I find important and are my motivation for all of my work.
Iain Stewart is a Scots born watercolor artist and a signature member of the American and National Watercolor Societies among other state and international entities. He has also recently been inducted into the Whiskey Painters of America.
His work has received numerous awards in international competition and hangs in many corporate and private collections.
Iain is a sought after watercolor instructor and juror and has been published in numerous books and periodicals. He has a 3 DVD set of instructional videos and is planning to shoot another set available in 2022. Iain has just finished his first book on painting; En Plein Air- Light and Color, Walters Foster Publisher.
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’s School of Architecture.
Iain Stewart is a signature member of both the National Watercolor Society and American Watercolor Society. His work has received numerous international awards and been included in many national and international exhibitions. He is featured in the June issue of Watercolor Artist magazine and his painting “Fife Sheep” graces the cover. Iain will also be featured in North Light book’s Splash 16: Exploring Texture. He was awarded 1st place in Watercolor Artists Magazine’s “What do Love” Competition and featured in the July 2013 issue. Iain’s painting “Thurlow Dam, Tallahassee Alabama” was honored with a purchase award in the 91st Annual National Watercolor Society International Exhibition and his work “5th Avenue in Rain” was selected for inclusion in the Shanghai International Watercolor Biennial Exhibition. Iain’s work was also featured in the March 2013 issue of the international publication The Art of Watercolour.
Iain’s paintings have been featured in many other publications including Southern Living, Cottage Living, Better Homes and Gardens, The Robb Report and the French publication Pratique des Arts. Iain maintains a studio in Opelika, Alabama and in addition to gallery work he is an Architectural Illustrator with an international clientele and teacher of watercolor and design drawing at Auburn University.