|This biography from the Archives of AskART:|
|The following biography was submitted March 2006 by Scott Wilder,
Researcher with special knowledge of artists from Kansas and Missouri.|
Michael Schofield, landscape painter and printmaker, was born in Orlando, Florida in 1947
and moved with his family to Oakland, California that same year.
Growing up he thought he going to play pro-baseball. In his
sophomore year at Oakland High School, under the tutelage of his art
teacher Jackie Jenson (brother of internationally recognized
watercolorist Robert Jensen), Schofield began to develop his skill in
watercolor painting. For the next
two years, according to Schofield, "he squeezed endless tubes of paint in his quest to master
watercolor and get back to baseball." After high school, Michael went into the military. Shortly
thereafter, he left the Marines to attend the Harris School of
Advertising Art in Nashville, Tennessee. During the summers
term(s), he studied with well-known watercolorist John Pike, a
contemporary of Robert Wood in Woodstock, New York.
Two years later, he opened his own art studio (in Tennessee) where he
says "he taught, painted, and starved", Schofield maintained this
studio for 12 years. In 1980, he returned to California and
opened his own silkscreen printing studio where he could create his own
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
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 many years, Schofield's work can be found in
many private and corporate collections. His work has been
the United States and seen on such popular motion picture films as Bridges of Madison County, City Hall, Beethoven amongst others.
Art Society memberships include: The Tennessee Watercolor Society and National
Society of Artists.
Partial list of works in corporate collections:
Bank of America
The Library of Congress
Twentieth Century Insurance Company, Inc.
Sprint Nextel Corp.
Source: General compilation available from numerous on-line sources.
A short story on how I came to know about Schofield:
There is large serigraph hanging in one of lobbies where my office is
located. I saw it every day and thought it well done, but could
not make out the pencil signed signature of the artist so I did not
know who created the work. Well a few weeks ago an estate seller
was closing out a sale and offered me a very large original
watercolor. It was of the best quality and signed by M.
Schofield. I knew little of the artist at that time, but
purchased the work as the style looked vaguely familiar. When I started
looking into Schofield's work it did take long to identify that the
serigraph I had been wondering about all that time was indeed the work
of Schofield! It's always interesting how these mysteries
sometimes get solved.
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