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experience that you just don’t want. He was hit by a truck while out walking. Recovery took a year, but since then, painting has gradually taken him over.

At first, Stewart worked at Cape Byron Headland Reserve in New South Wales, producing large acryllic paintings of wildlife for a per- manent exhibition. On his return to Devon, he met his wife-to-be, and t h e t w o w o r k e d o n c o m m u n i t y a r t s p r o j e c t s , c r e a t i n g m o s a i c s a n d l i v i n g - w i l l o w s c u l p t u r e s . T h e y v e r e c e n t l y c o l l a b o r a t e d i n t h e d e s i g n of a garden at the Eden Project where school children can learn about p l a n t s . T h e fi n a l s p u r t o S t e w a r t s l i f e a s a f u l l - t i m e p a i n t e r c a m e w i t h t h e b i r t h o f h i s s o n , L u i s , i n 2 0 0 2 . T h i s r e l e a s e d a fl o o d o f c r e a t i v i t y , a n d b y t h e s u m m e r o f l a s t y e a r , h e d p u t t o g e t h e r a p o r t f o l i o , h a d t w o p a i n t i n g s i n A r t i n D e v o n s e x h i b i t i o n a t D e l a m o r e a n d w o n h i s p r i z e a t t h e S o u t h W e s t A c a d e m y S h o w . H i s w o r k w a s t h e n a c c e p t e d a t t h e D a r t G a l l e r y i n D a r t m o u t h , a n d h i s n e x t e x h i b i t i o n o p e n s t h e r e o n A p r i l 1 5 t h . H e s n o w b e e n c o m m i s s i o n e d t o p r o d u c e a s e r i e s o f p a i n t - ings of the landscape around Haytor for the dining room at The Ilsing- ton Country House Hotel.

Particularly exciting for Stewart has been collaboration with poet, Daverick Leggatt. The two have a special rapport and have produced a s l i m b o o k W i l d L a n d , B u r n i n g H e a r t s - i n w h i c h e a c h p a i n t i n g a c c o m p a n i e s a p o e m . T h e b o o k b l a z e s w i t h t h e m e n s e x p l o s i v e r e - s p o n s e t o l a n d s c a p e a n d t h e i r a p p r e h e n s i o n o f w h a t i t m e a n s t o b e p a r t o f e a r t h s h a r s h n e s s , c r e a t i v i t y a n d p r o p e n s i t y t o h e a l . S t e w a r t s f a t h e r w a s a p r i n t e r . T h e r e w e r e a l w a y s d r a w i n g m a t e r i - als available at home, and paintings by his great-grandfather hung on the walls. In his teens, he was encouraged by Harry Beadnell, a lo- cal painter and gallery-owner in Leeds, and, soon after moving to his current home, Stewart had what seems to have been a very prophetic dream involving Harry. He saw his old friend emerging from Holne woods, brushes in hand, and heard the man telling him to wait no lon- ger. Now the real work has begun.

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