As a representational artist with a passion for working in pastel, I specialise in landscape and nature paintings, striving to create works that reflect moments of calm or create a sense of peace. I’m drawn to the complexity of everyday subjects and respond to light and texture.


My corporate roles have always involved using words to tell the story of the subject to be communicated, and this love of story-telling has carried over into my artwork to capture the essence of a moment in time.


At present I’m focussed on exploring the endless possibilities of the outdoors, often sketching on location or making composition and colour notes to bring back to the studio.


A strong advocate for pastel art in Australia, I am co-founder of the Sydney Pastel Artists, a collective group that aims to promote the vibrancy of the medium and connect pastel artists across Sydney with others who share a passion for pastel. 


I also manage communications and marketing for the Australian Pastel Expo, the nation’s biannual convention for pastel artists.

Desley Stewart Artist
Translucence, Northern Beaches
Brand New Day, Kirra Lookout
Surprise! Lennie's Cockatoo
Sydney Pastel Artists
Golden Moment, Kirra Dune
Break of Day, Kirra Beach