Monica Stewart Art Gallery
From the age of 4, Monica Stewart’s parents encouraged her
artistic pursuits. While growing up in Oakland, California, this early parental
patronage, as well as support throughout her school years, helped nurture her
talent enough to get a four year scholarship to the San Francisco Art Academy.
She later transferred to California State University at Hayward, where she
majored in Art. One of the artists she studied under was Raymond Saunders, a
very influential figure in her education.
Instead of getting her degree, she cut her studies short to become a flight
attendant, and eventually raise a son. This left no time for painting, so her
talent remained dormant. Some fifteen years later in 1990, with some time off
from work, she had the freedom to get back into painting. Her renewed interest
in art coincided with meeting a new friend and neighbor, best-selling novelist
Terry McMillan. As
Stewart recalls, “She’d come by and we’d talk about what’s going on with her.
We’re around the same age,
and I saw how she was taking what was a natural gift for her and making it work.
She was the first one to see my pieces and say, ‘I’ll buy that!’
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