Born in San Bernardino, California in 1940, John Stewart moved to Glendale, near Los Angeles a year later. He developed interest in drawing at an early age and began art training at the age of twelve. Stewart studied with the Famous Artist's Schools in 1956; received a scholarship to Chouinard Art Institute in 1958; and later attended the Art Center School in Los Angeles, CA.
Teachers and artists who influenced him were Robert Irwin and Bob Winquist.
He had a 25-year career as a Scenic Artist for the entertainment industry with projects for television, motion picture and stage productions such as 'The Adams Family', 'One From the Heart', and 'Xanadu' . He also did special art projects for Disneyland, Disney World, Epcot and Animal Kingdom.
He is a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society (1976 - ) and an artist member of the California Art Club. (1993 - 2002).
Exhibits include Lakeland College, Lakeland, Ohio (1977); Horizon Show, NYC, (1986); Carnegie Museum, CAC show, (1994); Morseburg Gallery, LA, CA, (1994); Malaga Cove Library, Palos Verdes, CA (2001), Two one-person shows at Art at the Rep in Ferndale, CA (2002, 2003). Artist in Residence at The Red Bluff Art Gallery various individual and group shows (2008-2011). One man show at The Five Windows Gallery in Weaverville, California in 2010. Highland Art Center 2 person show in August 2011 (Weaverville, CA). Accepted into Michael Johnson's California Watercolor collection in 2011.
Murals: Glendale YMCA (1957) - Haliburton Restaurant (1958) - Hilton Hotels (Reno, NV, 1985) - Epcot (1984) - Epcot (1996).
Listings: Who's Who in the Entertainment Industry (1988) - Who's Who in California (1989)- Personalities in The West (1989-) - Five Thousand Personalities of The World (3rd Edition)(1990) - Who's Who in America (Special Supplement) (1993) – Who’s Who in America (2003 – 2009). Artist's Bluebook (2005) - AskArt.com - (2000 - present)
Books: "Aqueous" The Watercolors of John Norman Stewart (2012); "A Sketchbook" Drawings of John N Stewart (2008); "Landscapes" by Gerald Brommer (1977); "Bright Orbits" by Dell Ryan Lynch (1974).