Robert Stuart's abstract paintings have evolved over the past ten years. They are a distillation of light, color, and surface, and follow a dozen years of representational painting "before the motif"-- outdoors from the landscape and, in the studio, from still life set-ups.
"At times there have been particular correspondences in the natural, phenomenal, physical world to what I hope for in a painting. One such time was when I was walking in the loft space of our big, old, barn. Early morning sunlight was flooding the interior below. As I glanced down the light was bursting through thin slits between the floor boards making brilliant crevices of light,-- a metaphor, perhaps, for some sort of transcendent, otherworldly, awakening."