Leigh Stewart has been working around real estate from a very young age. She started her career in Atlanta working at an internship doing commercial and hospitality interior design. She graduated from the University of Georgia and cut her teeth at CNN managing graphics and set design. She produced graphics and set design for Larry King Live, American Morning, Election 2000 and Moneyline.
Stewart recognized the potential for residential development in Atlanta and renovated a duplex in 2000. She went on to renovate several other houses and invested in medical office spaces. She decided to transition to a career in Tennessee real estate after observing the strengthening housing market in Nashville and surrounding counties, and currently runs a working farm near Nashville.
She has classical training in architecture and design and has a unique visual memory. Along with being an award-winning photographer, Stewart has extensive training in marketing and advertising. She approaches challenges with a creative spirit and will work tirelessly to sell homes or find homes at any price point, with particular success working with investors. Before focusing on real estate full-time, she completed a post-graduate degree in Business Information Systems and Film.
Stewart has been a professional writer for film, television and print for almost 20 years. She founded Art West Film in 2005, a full-service production company in Los Angeles. She established herself on the Hollywood radar after directing, producing and writing feature films. She has worked for Warner Brothers, AEG, Disney and many others, as well as directed music videos and commercials. Stewart has also created designs for CNN, CNNI, Headline News, Turner, Janet Jackson, USC, Daniels College of Business, AFI and a myriad of entertainment professionals on films and new media projects.
She is also the founder of a non-profit film collaborative, Southeastern International Film and Music Festival, which is hosted annually in Germantown. As an artist, she specializes in oil painting, photography and mixed media, and her fine art has been exhibited in Washington D.C., London, New York, San Francisco, Atlanta, Nashville and Los Angeles. She is an author of ten books of poetry and art, as well as several novels. Stewart continues to write freelance and has come back home to Tennessee, where her family has lived since 1797.