About P. J. Stewart
I am a Chicago artist. In my store you will find assemblages, paintings, drawings, sculptures, greeting cards, and jewelry, all of it, done by me. As a child, I drew, I colored, and I painted. I assembled puzzles and clothed paper dolls. I loved dot-to-dot and popular at that time, I would examine intricate drawings to locate the hidden images. My teachers, however, never noticed that I was more interested in drawing on the backs of my math papers, when finished, than correctly solving the problems on the front. Much to the dismay of my parents I would take apart clocks, toys, and dolls, but to their astonishment I would accurately reassemble them. I studied how my dad could repair our washing machine and tinker with his car. I remember watching him install our new drop ceiling and that's how I knew I loved building things. I would make rubber band guns using pop cycle sticks and bottle caps for the kids in the neighborhood. I could replace bicycle tires and adjust brakes. I was fascinated with my grandmother's Singer sewing machine that was powered with a foot peddle so I took sewing classes in high school and considered fashion design as a major in college. I didn’t realize that drawing, though easy for me, was not easy for everyone. Though I was criticized for always drawing, I eventually learned that the ability to create art is a gift. I pray that my viewers find something in my collection that is as meaningful to them to appreciate.
Patricia James Stewart's engaging works are handled and composed in a style that is as distinctive as her signature. Her works shatter tradition while her imaginative techniques dance with color and grace. She illustrates the connections among cultures and arranges them with poetic intent for sake of communication. “It is through my art that I divulge the movement, depth, and tensions of the world. I reveal the twists and turns of the human spirit. It is about the things that we do. It's about the how to and why not. It is about our daily aspirations, its inspirations and what we actually accept or reject.”