Monica Stewart was born in St. Louis, MO and moved to Oakland, CA at the age of five. Utilizing African American themes within her paintings, Monica began painting artwork that featured women dancing, praying, and performing everyday tasks. Combining her love for African American history and her own identity as an African American woman, her art slowly gained momentum and popularity in art circles. Her paintings have been featured in several television shows, movies, novel covers and partnerships with the California State Lottery and Bank of America. While her main medium is oil paint, she also enjoys creating artwork with charcoal and chalk. Her goal as an artist is to create artwork that exhibits personal tribulations and experiences of the African American population. The 2019 Faith in Motion calendar features a portfolio of uplifting images coupled with monthly Bible scripture and Black History facts throughout the year.