Randolph Stanley Hewton was born at Maple-Grove, Québec in 1888. Hewton studied under William Brymner in Montréal in 1903 and at the Académie Julian in Paris from 1908-13. In Paris Hewton met A.Y. Jackson, whose influence on his style is obvious.
Hewton's most widely accepted artistic developments, in Québec especially, were his figure painting and portraiture. Many of his landscapes were initially not well received by the public.
Hewton was a founding member of the Canadian Group of Painters in 1933 and was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1934.
He died in Belleville, Ontario in 1960.