When he’s not in his studio, Dylan Stewart is most likely somewhere along the Maine coast, free diving and spearfishing, peeking in sea caves for cunner, or waiting for a school of pollock to pass by. The underwater scenery, marine life, and endless other discoveries that come with exploring in the Gulf of Maine inspired him to start Bold Coast Burns. Watch the video below to learn more about how he creates this amazing marine art.
Every day when I get in the water I am reminded how beautiful it is here and how important it is to preserve the species we have.
Marine life was the subject I wanted to work with but I was constantly told that this alone would not sustain a design career.
Dylan pursued graphic design in college, but didn’t find the creative spark he craved until he got his hands on a wood-burning pen. Using standard wood-burning methods, he’s developed his signature technique by using torches to create depth and texture in his creations.
Dylan brings several of his latest creations to the Down East Shop — Albacore Tuna, Summer Flounder, and Black Sea Bass, all fish that can be found in New England waters. Each piece is burned into finish-grade birch ply with a resin finish on the front and a polyurethane on the back.