Aimee Stewart gladly adopts the title 'Renaissance Woman', and for good reason. As a self taught artist, photographer and writer who has music in her soul and daydreams in her blood, she lives life as one giant creative endeavor.
In 1999, Aimee started dabbling in website design. By 2005, she had made the leap from simple graphics to experimental photomanipulation. And in the past six years, she has excelled in erasing the lines between 'digital' art and 'traditional' art, until only the inspired creation remains.
From 2008 - 2012 Aimee was honored to be a part of Duirwaigh Gallery, working with Angi Sullins and Silas Toball on projects and collaborations. A large selection of her work, both old and new, were then made available as cards and puzzles through Tree Free Greeting Cards, Buffalo Games, and others!
In 2010, Aimee signed on with MGL Licensing UK, and extended her range of products across Europe. She is also a frequent guest writer for the international publication Advanced Photoshop Magazine, where she leads students through Masterclass tutorials on various photoshop technics. Her works have been published in numerous magazines throughout the world, allowing her to work with wonderfully diverse clientele.
And now in 2013, Aimee is forging ahead as her own entity, selling artwork around the world and collaborating on many exciting projects. She is busy illustrating her first children's book, and enjoying every step of the creative process.
And now, in her own words......
Name: Aimee Stewart
Age: vintage 1971
Status: Married and loving life with my best friend and partner in all of life's adventures.
Children: None of the two-legged variety... but I have one incredibly smart Aussie Shepherd named Griffin, who is my constant little shadow. I also have one impressively fat cat named Lily, who is Queen Diva of the house. That's enough for me!
Location: Same little town I grew up in, in Washington State - though I love to travel, and have a bond with England and the Pacific Ocean that simply can't be explained.
Favorite Authors: I can't possibly list them all, but Nick Bantock has been a significant inspiration to me since the very first time I plucked 'Griffin and Sabine' off a book shelf over a decade ago. Charles Dickens never fails to amaze me with his labyrinth of words. Pablo Neruda is without a doubt my favorite poet, whose words stay with me throughout life. There are so many others...writers of fantasy, of impossible things. They all influence me in one way or another.
Favorite Musicians: Again, a monumental fete to even name everyone I listen to. Music is my muse. It doesn't matter what genre... if it reaches in and resonates something within me, I like it. Over the years I have stopped defining my love of music by it's catagories. There is a world full of outstanding, talented musicians out there, all doing their thing...and I'm so happy they share it with us.
Favorite Artists: Michael Parkes, Alphonse Mucha, Waterhouse, Franz Bergmann
Addictions: Decadent cupcakes. Chocolate. Books. Music. Photography. Coffee... preferrably Sleepy Monk coffee. Moroccan antiques and silks. The desert. Wooden boxes, travel trunks.. Antique stereoview cards. Castles. Burn-out velvet scarves. Baubles and sparklies. Old postcards with forgotten letters written on the back. Candles. England. Can an entire country be an addiction? Yes, I think so. Oh, and pretty much anything that tastes like oranges, and almonds. Cannon Beach, Oregon. Foxes.
And if there is ONE movie that I can encourage you to watch - it is
Ashes and Snow by Gregory Colbert.
Click on that link - explore the website, and experience something unlike you've ever seen before.
"We do this art thing, or we burst into flames..." - Sam Raffa
"The whales do not sing because they have an answer. They sing because they have a song." ~ Gregory Colbert
"You cannot dismiss a muse at whim...." - Nick Bantock