Michael Schofield, American (1947 - )

Michael Schofield
Michael Schofield was born in Florida in 1947 and moved with his family to California that same year. He began painting and studying watercolor while still in high school. His art teacher recognized his very special talent and for nearly two years tutored Schofield privately to develop his talent in the watercolor medium. After high school, Michael went into the military, and then on to art school in Nashville, Tennessee. During the summers, he studied with well-known watercolorist John Pike (a contemporary of Robert Wood) in Woodstock, New York. He soon opened his own art studio where he taught and painted for 12 years.

Schofield believes that art is fundamentally communication. He chooses to create more traditional landscapes because it is with this imagery that most people relate. It is imagery that evokes a memory and therefore a feeling. In this manner, the artist and those who live with his art share a common experience.

"I paint landscapes because they speak to everyone. In sharing a place I have known, I know that others will see places they have known. In that way, I communicate with others without using a single word."

Schofield's precision and exactitude somehow meld harmoniously with a more ethereal sense of a place. In this way, his work conveys at once the palpable and the perceptual about a place. He hopes, in fact, to strike a visceral note in those who view his art, re-awakening dormant memories and forgotten feelings.

As a successful artist for several years, Schofield's work can be found in many private and corporate collections.

Partial List:

Bank of America
The Library of Congress
Xerox Corporation
Occidental
Twentieth Century Insurance Company, Inc.

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