Catalina Island News

Spotlight on Featured Artists: Brian Stewart and Debra Huse

Catalina Island Cosnervancy

Join us a the Catalina Island Conservancy's 7th Annual Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show at Balboa Yacht Club Ocober 22. Two of the featured artists are Don Demers and Brian Blood. This is the fourth installment in a series that will introduce each of our 10 featured artists, with a preview of their work for this year's show.

Brian Stewart

Brian Stewart has been painting Catalina Island for more than 25 years and recently compiled a book of his work on the Island - "An Artist's Journey...Via Catalina." A visual raconteur, he is known for his unique vision and the story-telling quality of his paintings.

He has received many awards, and his work has been featured in many national publications, including Fine Art Connoisseur, Southwest Art, Plein Air Magazine, American Artist and The Artist's Magazine. Stewart is a signature member of the Plein Air Painters of America, as well as a member of the California Art Club, Oil Painters of America and the American Society of Marine Artists.

Stewart has also served as juror and lecturer for national plein air shows and judged prestigious online art competitions. He has been the subject of TV and online interviews about museums and being a contemporary artist.

Debra Huse

Debra Huse is a contemporary American impressionist widely recognized for her use of rich color and bold fluid strokes that capture the light and drama in her plein air and studio paintings. She has painted in many plein air events across the country. Her work has been featured in Southwest Art, Plein Air Magazine and Art of the West. Huse is a signature member of the American Impressionist Society, the American Society of Marine Artists, Laguna Plein Air Painters and the Pastel Society of America.

Huse has a studio in a Newport Beach boatyard where she enjoys working in oils and painting on location. She often paints scenes from the water when she is enjoying the day in her sport fishing boat.