An Artist’s Journey…Via Catalina, a 136-page hardbound book with 95 color plates, text that’s full of recollections from Stewart, and a forward by key plein air painting collector Roy C. Rose.
Brian Stewart was one of the founders of the modern plein air movement and early members of the Plein Air Painters of America. In presentations over the years, he described finding a passion for plein air painting at a crossroads in his life. He studied painting with a student of Richard Lack and took a workshop with Clyde Aspevig before heading to Germany with a love interest to study European painting techniques.
In 1989, he began painting all across America on road trips in full immersion of outdoor painting. He painted on Catalina Island shortly after Denise Burns came up with the idea to mount annual exhibits of plein air paintings at the Catalina Island Casino by a group she decided to call the Plein Air Painters of America. He was a good friend of Kevin Macpherson, also an early PAPA member, and Brian painted and showed with the group on return trips to Catalina for 25 years, 1990-2015.