Edward Scofield Studio, Williamstown, MA

Artist Statment

Nature of Watercolor

Transparent watercolor is a medium that has always held a fascination to painters, so there is a long precedent of Great Master works in the medium. Many artists grew to prefer watercolor (Cézanne, Sargent, Turner to name a few).

One of the reasons for this popularity is the medium's unpredictability—even capriciousness! There is always an element of risk when an artist sets out to paint a watercolor. It tests one's perseverance and patience. Yet, when one least expects it, it can reward with beautiful successes. This is how watercolor holds one in its spell!

Why I Paint Primarily In Watercolor

Although I enjoy painting portraits in oil and pastel, with watercolor I am able to respond directly and spontaneously to subjects that have arrested my interest. In 10 minutes I can be painting. All I need is water! Opaque media, by contrast, requires a more complicated set-up and may take weeks, even months to complete. I find it liberating to be able to finish a painting in 2 or 3 hours! I have found in my classes that this directness can offer a sense of achievement to artists at any level. Watercolor excels in getting to the heart of what the artist sees.

The expression "Do you see what you are looking at?" is profound in its simplicity. It takes a lot to learn to interpret what is happening before your eyes—especially when painting out of doors, before nature, with her many moods and changes of light. Yet the creative spirit moves us all forward, along our own individual path and vision—

          TO LIFE!

          TO LIGHT!

          TO ART!

Artist Bio

Edward A. Scofield

Edward Scofield is a long-time resident of Williamstown, Massachusetts and a native of Stamford, Connecticut. After high school, he planned to attend Pratt Institute, but opted instead for business school at the University of Connecticut. He then spent over 25 years in the field of Direct Marketing, as well as owning and managing his own businesses in the Berkshires.

His love of art never left him, however, and 23 years ago he seriously began painting watercolors. Though largely self-taught, he gained much from studying with watercolor masters Charles Reid in the UK and Provence, David Dewey in Maine, Gerald Fritzler in western Colorado, Iya Itagawa in Vermont, and Bela Petho in St. Paul, Minnesota.

In addition to having his work in private collections in the Berkshires, Chicago, New York, Nashville, California, Washington, DC, Denver and London, Scofield has had many popular one-person shows. He also teaches watercolor classes in his private studio.