Stewart began painting as a form of rehabilitation after his injury. His first portraits were of colleagues who were killed whilst serving in Afghanistan. They were gifted to their families. Stewart has also donated paintings to raise funds for Walking With The Wounded, the On Course Foundation and Soldiering On Through Life Trust.
In 2013, he won a Templer Award, funded by the National Army Museum Development Trust and administered by the Army Art Society, to allow him to devote time to developing his painting skills.
In 2015, he won the Armed Forces Art Society (AFAS) Exhibition’s Great Art Prize and the Army Art Society’s Exhibition Sir John Stibbon’s prize for his work Portrait of the Artist’s Wife.
His other painting that featured in the AFAS exhibition, Lines of Departure, was the piece that inspired Grayson Perry to create ‘The Line of Departure’, a tapestry featuring an image of Stewart, for his 2015 ‘Who Are You?’ exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. Stewart is immensely proud of this and visited the exhibition on many occasions, as he could not quite believe that ‘his’ portrait was hanging in such a world-renowned gallery alongside some of art history’s great painting masterpieces.
He recently completed a portrait painting for Gareth Malone in appreciation of his time in the Invictus Choir.
You can purchase his artwork here.