Iain Stewart

Opelika Watercolorist

Iain Stewart is a watercolor artist and illustrator and a signature member of both the American and National Watercolor Societies. His work has received numerous awards in international competitions, and he is a sought after juror and workshop instructor. He is also an architectural illustrator with an international clientele- a business he has run for the last 20 years. Iain maintains a studio in Opelika, Alabama.

Iain relies on instinct and his sketchbook when selecting subjects for his paintings. The lion’s share of his work is done in one sitting, as his real struggle in painting is to capture the initial vision for any given piece. He is 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 Iain’s work is not based on any theme in particular, but quite simply how “place” is inhabited and used daily.

Iain often uses remembered atmospheric and lighting conditions in his work and says that he paints from life and memory simultaneously. His watercolors are not only a translation of what he sees, but more importantly, an expression of how he chooses to view the world. 

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