Good News: Doctor Don the Artist

Good News: Doctor Don the Artist

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The 14th Annual Springtime Made in the South event is going on now at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center.

More than 240 vendors are selling lawn art, clothing, pottery and etc. You name it, you can probably find it! And all of it is handcrafted.

Everyone here has a story about how they came to create the pieces they are selling. One of the more interesting stories WTOC heard Friday, is a surgeon who decided he didn't want to be a doctor after all. He wanted to be an artist.

"These are big pictures made out of little pictures with a little humor thrown in.  My wife says very little, but I do my best," said Dr. Don Stewart, artist.

Dr. Stewart isn't your average artist.

"Every one of my pictures is high in fiber and low in calories and they're all good for you," he said.

And even though he's seems like it, he's not a comedian.

"Here's my self-portrait. This is the quack," said Dr. Stewart.

He's actually a doctor.

"I haven't lost a single patient in 30 years. It's been really good," said

That's because he's never actually practiced.

"I did stay in school long enough to get my medical degree and then pass my general boards. I got my license to practice and then I quit that day," said Dr. Stewart.

He quit because he wanted to make art.

"This particular golf bag has a hammer at the top for the driver, that's the iron, there's a whole set of clubs in here," he said.

His artwork shows off his quirky sense of humor, but also has a serious side.

"The flag raising at Iwo Jima is actually made of 380 different images arranged in chronological order to tell the history of the Marine Corps," Dr. Stewart said.

Those who own his pieces, say they love his vision.

"Don is unique within himself. But then you put his artwork with it, which is so unique, people just gravitate to it. It just pulls you in. It's something that makes you happy," said Janice Hunt, who owns a piece of the doctor's art.

Dr. Stewart says he doesn't think about the career he passed up, but encourages everyone to be brave enough to do what you love.

"Follow your dream. Find the thing that makes your heart sing and go do that," he said.

Springtime Made in the South will be open Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Admission is $7 and parking is free.

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