About Me

I'm the artist behind Kara Stewart, Art in Photography. I am a mother, a daughter, a teacher, a writer, reader and photographer, and above all, I cannot live without creativity. I am a largely self-trained photographer, specializing in abstract, nature, black and white and pet images. I shoot with a Nikon D300 DSLR, using Corel's Paint Shop Pro Photo, Painter 11 and Adobe Photoshop CS5 software. In addition to ‘straight' shots, I also enjoy using photo software to create unique designs, patterns and images. Some favorite pieces are abstractions and designs made from natural objects (trees, flowers, ears of corn, basketry) in which remnants of the natural objects (bark, buds, kernels of corn) are still visible and add to the final creation. I am a Native craftsperson member of the Indian Arts & Crafts Association, and am a full time Reading Specialist in the public schools. I currently live in North Carolina with my almost grown children, my beloved dog Samson and my Nikon D300 (almost as beloved but not quite).

Awards, Honors & Publications

It is my honor to have my piece, Feather Shield Medallion and three other pieces on the cover of the North Carolina State Advisory Council on Indian Education's 2009 Report to the State Board of Education: http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/docs/americanindianed/reports/2009indianedreport.pdf
I am honored to have had Red Arrow Medallion chosen as one of the cover art pieces for a brochure from the North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs (Summer 2008): http://www.doa.state.nc.us/CIA/documents/brochures/FirstPeople-Brochure-08.pdf
Red Lily Waterpaint, 2nd Place, Digital Photography, Art Fest, Art Guild of Person County, May 2008
Feather Shield Medallion, Honorable Mention, United Tribes Juried Art Show, March 2008
Autumn Path, Presented as Lifetime Achievement Award to NC Rep. Ronnie Sutton by United Tribes of North Carolina, March 2008
Quilting Bee Photograph, published in the Tar Heel Junior Historian, produced by the North Carolina Museum of History, Fall 2007 issue, photo credit, p.8.
Strawberry Swirl, Person County Art Guild Directory Design Contest Cover Winner, October, 2007.
Foggy Oceanic View, First Place, ArtFest 07, sponsored by the Art Guild of Person County and the Kirby Art Gallery.
National Museum of the American Indian First Place, Black & White, annual photography contest sponsored by Person County Arts, Parks & Recreation Department, 2006.

Previous Shows

Sappony Art Exhibit, Kirby Gallery, Roxboro, NC 11/10.
Sappony Art Exhibit, Kirby Gallery, Roxboro, NC 11/08.
'Hot! Hot! Hot!', Kirby Gallery, Roxboro, NC 8/8/08 - 8/29/08.
'Indigenous by Design', Guilford Native American Art Gallery, Greensboro, NC 12/1/07 - 2/28/08 

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