Stewart Hood an avid oil painter in his youth rarely painted while he pursued a career in advertising and raised a family. In the early 90’s a gift of watercolours sparked an interest in this medium and became part of cycling and travelling experiences in Canada and overseas.
“Watercolour is easy to travel with - and with a little focus and a patient travelling partner, you can capture the locale and mood fairly quickly.”
In the summer of 2004, Stewart and his wife Lynn moved from Toronto to Trenton and into a classic Cape Cod home which they completely renovated. This move was not only for a change of lifestyle but also to be near the beautiful countryside of Hastings, Quinte West and Prince Edward County which they had visited, explored and grown to love since they first met.
Stewart is a past member of the Toronto Beaches Guild of Fine Art and also exhibited at the Masterpiece Gallery in Toronto. His work is represented in a number of private collections in Canada, the US, England and Portugal. He has exhibited with Spirit of the Hills based in Warkworth. Stewart also teaches advertising at Ryerson.
“Although I love painting in any form, what interests me most is landscape; and painting ‘plein air’ or outdoors is what I love best. With the change in seasons the landscape also changes and evolves - thus providing endless new locations and challenges. Painting outdoors makes the artist really look and you soon begin to marvel at the beauty we have around us whether in Canada or anywhere you travel on this earth.”