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Artist Studio: Sterling Lane Edwards

Sterling Lane Edwards
128 Nob Hill Road
Hendersonville, NC  28791
Phone: 828-697-1333

Born: 1951 (Kansas City, MO)

Lived/Active: North Carolina/Kansas

Known for: Abstract, Landscape, Botanical, International Workshop Instructor, Author

Style(s): Abstract, Impressionist, Expressionist

Medium(s): Watercolor, Acrylic, Mixed Media

Price Information as of 01/25/2013:
Original Watercolors (unframed) range from $995.00-$2500.00. Original acrylic abstracts on paper or canvas (unframed)range from $1200.00-$4000.00

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Artist Biography:
Sterling Edwards is a listed contemporary watermedia master and photographer born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1951. At age twelve, he was enrolled in oil painting classes after his parents noticed that he had a natural ability to draw. He quickly learned the basic skills to execute an oil painting with a strong composition and expressive brushwork. From that time until the present he has been intrigued with art of all mediums and has taken advantage of every opportunity to expand his knowledge and skills. In 1985 Sterling began studying and experimenting with water based mediums; primarily transparent watercolors and acrylics. Influenced by watercolor master and friend Zoltan Szabo, he spent several years developing his own unique style of painting watercolors. Most of Sterling's paintings are interpretive statements that reflect his love of the outdoors. Using primarily large brushes, his main objective is to create an expressive and unique interpretive painting that is a choreographed balance of interlocking shapes, strong light and dark values, and unusual colors. The result is a unique painting that is often a balance of abstract and representational design that captures the mood and dynamics of the subject as interpreted by Sterling.  

In 1993 Sterling began teaching his style of painting at workshops throughout North Carolina where he now resides.  As his reputation as an accomplished watermedia artist and teacher rapidly grew, he was requested to conduct workshops in neighboring states. Today, Sterling's workshops are attended by hundreds of people annually throughout the United States and Canada. He was a featured artist in the fall 2001 issue of Watercolor Magic Magazine in an article titled, "Ones to watch" and has been featured in numerous newspaper articles. In 2007 he was awarded signature member status in the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, an international organization based in Toronto, Canada that recognizes those who have mastered transparent watercolor. Also in 2007 Sterling designed and introduced a signature set of watercolor brushes and a watercolor palette that are marketed internationally. He is a co-founder of the Rusty Nail Painters, an international invitation group of professional artists that meet every two years for an intense week of painting and sharing ideas. In 2010 he was awarded signature membership status in the esteemed Transparent Watercolor Society of America.  

That same year he was selected as a featured artist in the book, "Best of America Watermedia Artists" published by Kennedy Publishing Company. He is the author of the best selling North Light book" Creating Luminous Watercolor Landscapes, a Four Step Process", published by F+W Publishing Company and is a contributing artist in numerous other magazines and books. In 2013 Sterling was proudly invited to be a member of the newly established International Watercolor Society.

Today Sterling's book, signature line of products, and instructional DVD's are marketed world wide. His award winning watermedia paintings are in private and corporate collections throughout the world and he is represented by several galleries in the U.S and Canada. He works from both his home and commercial studios in Hendersonville, North Carolina located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.
Predominantly a self taught artist.

Exhibition Record (Museums, Institutions and Awards):
2010 Awarded the "Maurice Prendergast Award" at the Transparent Watercolor Society annual show.

2007 Awarded the "People's Choice Award" at the Southeast Invitational Art Show sponsored by Germanton Gallery in Germanton, NC

Exhibition Record (Galleries and Art Shows):
Sterling has exhibited in numerous gallery shows including six solo shows in the southeastern U.S.

Transparent Watercolor Society of America (Signature Member status) since 2010

Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour (Signature member status) since 2007

Magazine and Newspaper References:
Book: Author: "Creating Luminous Watercolor Landscapes, a Four Step Process", 2010, F+W Publishing
Book: Contributing Artist: "Best of America, Watercolor, Volume II", 2009, Kennedy Publishing
Book: Contributing Artist: "Sketchbook Confidential 2",2012, F+W Publishing
Book: Contributing Artist: "International Artists, Vol V", 2012, ICA Publishing
Numerous newspaper articles from coast to coast and in Canada.
Contributing Artist: "Art Journey America, Landscapes", 2012, F+W Publishing
Featured Artist: "Ones to watch", Fall issue of Watercolor Magic Magazine, 2001
Book: Contributing Artist: "Watercolor Painting", 2012, Watson Guptill Publishing
Article: "Painting Skies in Watercolor", Watercolor Artist Magazine, June 2010

Artist Statement:

"At what point does an artist make a conscious decision to be artistic? Is it enough to merely replicate what I see or should I strive to convey my feeling about my subject with a strong and unique visual statement? Do I really have something to say about the subject or am I just trying to paint an attractive piece of art?

Considering that everything I see is a symphony of shapes, colors, and values I have endless possibilities at my disposal with which to make a strong visual statement. Whether I choose to orchestrate them as a total abstraction, a stylized interpretation, or a representational rendering will depend on the subject and my feeling at the time of the painting. I may choose to distort shapes, rearrange elements, or exaggerate colors in my attempt to speak to the viewer. Art is about expression and translation. It's important that I always remember that.

Is the end result of this journey an attractive piece of art? Maybe yes or no depending on who has taken the time to view it. An interpretive piece of art does not necessarily have to be attractive; it just has to be true as visualized by the artist."    

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