Michael Stewart was born in Fort Meade, Maryland in November, 1958. He was raised in Lancaster, California but has spent much of his adult life in is adopted home of Long Beach.
Stewart studied journalism in college, where he served as an illustrator to the student newspaper. He worked his way from feature editor to editor-in-chief, pioneering desktop publishing in 1984 - 85 when the Long Beach City College Viking became the first college newspaper in California to use Macintosh computers. He has won many awards for his illustrations, cartoons, and design.
Stewart has worked extensively in production art as an artist and as an art director. He began studying painting in 1990. He found an affinity for the Hudson River School of artists, especially the works of Thomas Moran, Albert Bierstadt, and Thomas Church. Their landscapes inspired him to paint his own.
His years of disciplined practice have yielded awards for his artwork, and has shown his landscapes in galleries across Southern California .