Stuart Herd is inspired by the varied and dramatically changing landscape of his country – Scotland.
He was born in Scotland in 1971, and after growing up in England and briefly attending Amersham College of Art he started a career in photography in the South East whilst regularly travelling north to Scotland to explore and capture the landscapes.
His photographic career was varied, from Studio and Commercial photography to Press and Lab work around the UK. During this time his love of travel was born and he combined this by working as a photographer onboard cruiseships, aswell as ’character making’ independent solo trips worldwide.
In the mid 90’s he returned to Scotland and whilst living in Edinburgh he started producing highly detailed Pen & Ink cityscapes and scenes. Galleries started showing his work and his art career had taken over. At this time he also started his Stadium portfolio, which now showcases over 40 sporting arenas across Europe.
After working as an Art Auctioneer in all-inclusive resorts in Jamaica for a year, he stayed on the island for another 2 years, earning a living Picture Framing, painting and drawing. He received acclaim from the public and critics alike for his Pen & Ink exhibitions on the island.
Looking for a new direction, in 2002 he again returned to Scotland and his painting took precedence. He started exhibiting in Argyll galleries while working as a Picture Framer, but within a few years he was working full time on his paintings.
In 2007 he opened The Art Studio, due to his growing popularity he felt he needed an outlet for people to meet him and view his work. This enabled him to combine his Picture Framing business on this site. Since opening, his work has become increasingly sought after by buyers worldwide.