new orleans artist allison stewart has gained national recognition for her large, mixed media paintings that express the restless balance between man and nature. trained as a biologist, stewart is inspired by landscape imagery and takes as her subject fragile environments, cycles of life, and primitive artifacts from past cultures. she uses layers of color, light, form and texture to address issues of beauty and loss, time and transformation. residing somewhere between realism and abstraction, the paintings are visual diaries upon which Stewart records her responses to the threatened landscape. her paintings reflect the duality of substance and spirit, image and impression, observation and memory.
among the awards stewart has received are individual artist grants from the louisiana division of the arts and the louisiana endowment for the humanities in 1997, and the mary freeman wisdom foundation in 1995. stewart also received a 1988-89 Visual Arts Fellowship from the louisiana division of the arts.
stewart holds a bs in biology from spring hill college in mobile, al and a mfa from the university of new orleans.