Mark's painting Room After Room received the Judges Award of Merit at the September 17 Annual Awards Gala of the 2005 National Arts for the Parks Competition.  The painting will now tour the country with the National Arts for the Parks 2005 Top 100 Exhibition.  One of the most prestigious art competitions in the nation, Arts for the Parks was established 20 years ago to focus attention on the beauty of America's national parks. Thousands of artists from all fifty states enter paintings of every size and medium depicting National Park wildlife, water features, rock formations and landscapes.

As an interior scene, Mark' s entry, Room After Room, is something of a departure from most of the Competition images, which are generally landscapes or wildlife. The painting presents a succession of intricately carved interior doors in the Mission Concepcion in San Antonio, Texas.

About the National Park Academy of the Arts

The Arts for the Parks competition was created in 1986 by the National Park Academy of the Arts.

The program is designed to celebrate representational artists, to enhance public awareness of the National Parks and to contribute to programs benefiting the National Park System.

It is an annual competition honoring artists who have best captured the spirit of our National Park System.

About Mark Stewart

Mark Stewart's natural gift of art led him to high school drafting classes and to a master's degree in Architecture at Texas A&M University. In the mid 70’s Mark began studying and experimenting with watercolor painting techniques. From that time Mark has engaged in dual careers of art and architecture. As an architect, he has designed libraries and museums, including the Clayton Genealogical Research Library in downtown Houston. Currently he focuses on historical renovation and preservation of public buildings. Meanwhile, Mark has had many one man exhibitions and is currently represented by MorrisWhiteside Galleries, Trailside Gallery, and Riverbend Fine Art. He has been featured in Southwest Art, American Artist, and Art Talk Magazine and has also been shown at the Museum of the Art of the American West, the University Center Galleries at Texas A&M, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Tucson Museum of Art, Albuquerque Museum of Art and the Autry Museum of Western Heritage.