Artist’s Statement – Penny Stewart
There is a unique character of light, a luminescence of color I see when I look upon the land. I love to capture that light and color in a way that reflects the special joy I feel when I paint. I paint secluded settings, sometimes on location. The distant barking dog, pinon smoke, and warm sunshine drift into my consciousness and onto my paper, capturing the mood of what’s around me. The early light illuminating a colorful garden, undulating pink hills under a sky of billowing clouds, and the beautiful serenity of a sunlit valley have all inspired me. I use permanent watercolor pigments to amplify the beauty inherent in the landscape. These elements do more than represent my style, they represent my soul’s response to the beauty all around us.
Bio – Penny Stewart
Penny Stewart is an elected signature member of the two most prestigious watercolor artist groups in the United States: The American Watercolor Society and The National Watercolor Society. She is also a signature member of the Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Society and an elected fellow of the American Artists’ Professional League. Among the numerous awards and accolades for her paintings, most notable are the Bronze Medal in the 1999 American Watercolor Society Annual International Exhibition and the Milford Zornes Award in the l998 National Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition.
Penny has been sought out by fine art and watercolor painting magazines, as well as book publishers, because of the unique style and vibrant color that characterize her work. Her paintings and articles are features in such books and magazines as Rockport Books’ Art of the American West, Landscapes In Watercolor and Best of Watercolor-Painting Color, as well as in North Light Books’ Splash 3, Splash 7, Make Your Watercolors Look Professional and The Best of Flower Painting. Penny was a featured artist in the April 2000 issue of Southwest Art, “Innovations in Watercolor.” Penny authored a feature article, “Energize Your Landscapes,” for the Winter, 1997 issue of Watercolor Magic Magazine.
An art educator for 25 years, Penny Stewart has her B.A. in Studio Art and her Master of Arts in Teaching from Colorado College.