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  Most of Sterling’s paintings are interpretive statements that reflect his love of the outdoors. He usually paints with large brushes to capture the basic shapes of his subject while keeping detail to a minimum.

 
         
   
 
                                                   
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    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. 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. Though Sterling is predominantly self taught, his work has been influenced by his friend and master artist, the late Zoltan Szabo.

    Most of Sterling’s paintings are interpretive statements that reflect his love of the outdoors. He usually paints with large brushes to capture the basic shapes of his subject while keeping detail to a minimum. Once the basic shapes have been identified he looks for opportunities to overlap and interlock the shapes to create balance in the painting and to develop a strong composition. This combined with a dramatic balance of strong light and dark values, and unusual and expressive colors patterns, results in 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.

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    In 1993 Sterling began teaching his style of painting at workshops throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. 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 nationwide. 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 based in Canada that meet on occasion for an intense week of painting, discussion, and sharing of ideas and philosophy about art. 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 accepted into 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 his home studio in Hendersonville, North Carolina located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.

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                                                                   Sterling Edwards / Artist, LLC
                                                                            128 Nob Hill Road
                                                                       Hendersonville, NC 28791
                                                                               (828) 697-1333
                                                          Web address:
www.sterlingedwards.com
                                                                 Email:
sterling@sterlingedwards.com

 

 

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Artist’s Statement
 

“As a visual artist, I am constantly stimulated by the never ending variety of shapes and colors that surround us. It’s not enough just to replicate what I see but rather to interpret. Combining form with color relationships and bold values, I feel compelled to express my thoughts and emotions with strong, and often stylized, shapes. What I feel about the subject draws me to the brush. I have painted the monumental to the insignificant, each with equal passion. It all begins with an idea and a burning passion to create and express. That is the true artist. Everything else is merely technique.”

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                                 Sterling Edward's Charities

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Sterling and Diane take great pride in announcing that they are offering limited editions giclees to raise money for selected charities and organizations. Giclees which have been designated for fundraising are highlighted below. This is an opportunity to purchase a collectable, limited edition giclee while helping those in need. Sterling and Diane will donate 50% of the profits from each sale to the organization indicated.

 

 

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                                  Why take a workshop?
 
There are a lot of very good reasons to take a workshop regardless of your experience or medium. When I was first trying my hand at watercolors
I read magazine articles and purchased a few books help me understand more about the medium and materials. This was time well spent but I was
still having a lot of difficulty controlling the paint and achieving any kind of satisfactory results. I was doing exactly what the book or article said to
do but the results were far from satisfactory. After about a year of trial and error, not to mention a lot of paper ruined and expensive paper, I decided
to invest in a watercolor workshop. An artist named Zoltan Szabo, whose book I had been reading, was coming to Asheville, NC teach a five day
watercolor workshop. Economically this was a real stretch for me because I had a young family and all of the bills that came with them. It took a lot
of saving and rescheduling but I took the plunge and registered for the workshop. To say that I was a little insecure about all of this is an
understatement. I was going to spend five days studying with a world class artist not to mention all of the other artists from around the country.
The first morning of the workshop there were twenty-five of us setting up our materials in a meeting room while introducing ourselves to each other.
It was a great group of people and I learned that many of them were relatively new to watercolors and experiencing the same problems that I
was experiencing. At the front of the room was an overhead mirror on a stand with lights attached on each side angled at the surface of an
eight foot table. On the table were an array of paint brushes, tissues, a watercolor palette, and a piece of paper taped onto a mounting board
. In walked the master himself, Zoltan Szabo. An announcement was made for everyone to come to to front of the room and have a seat in
rows of chairs that were sitting in front of the mirror. After a few introductions Zoltan began working on a full sheet watercolor painting. My first
thought was that he would spend all week working on that one painting, especially considering that it was so large. I had never attempted anything
larger than a quarter sheet painting and even those took days to paint. To my surprise, and total disbelief, he completed the painting in a little
over two hours. The end result was a glowing and expressive watercolor painting that looked as though it should be hanging in a major museum.
This was pure magic! Once I picked my lower jaw off of the floor it occurred to me that I had learned so much watching him paint this masterpiece.
I was able to see just how wet his paper and paint were at various stages of the painting. The fine balance between wet paper, wet paint,
and wet brushes had always been a source of aggravation and confusion for me. Now I had a much better understanding of what to do and when to do it.
I was also very surprised to see all of the different ways that he manipulated his brush while painting. All of this, plus his detailed explanations of color
mixing and building a strong composition made that first day of the workshop worth every cent that I had paid for the entire week. I learned more in
one day than I had learned in the last year. Each day it made more and more sense and I left at the end of the week with a totally new understanding
of where I was going with my art and how to get there. I also made several new friends who were very willing to share their ideas and experiences.
I spent the next twenty years going to at least one workshop a year and occasionally two depending on my budget and work schedule. I left every
workshop with new friends, more insight about watercolors , and inspiration to keep developing my existing skills and continue to learn even more.
Workshops are an investment in time and money but the rewards can be substantial. There are a lot of very good workshop instructors from which
to choose. It's always a good idea to research the instructor that you're considering and see if they paint in a way that is both desirable and challenging
in lieu of your experience and the style and medium that you wish to learn. I have taken workshops with several artists and have never taken a
workshop where I did not learn new and exciting tools that have helped my painting evolve to where it is today. .

 

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                                                  Watercolor Tip

Color; it's exciting, alluring, and one of the most effective tools we have to express ourselves through our art. It's for these very reasons that I often look
for opportunities to charge the colors in shapes within my paintings. Charging Color is simply the process of dropping other colors into an existing wet
shape to create additional color variations. A good example would be to paint a gray tree and then while the gray wash is still wet add a few accents of
brown and orange to make the tree shape even more entertaining and creative. This is usually accomplished by merely touching the wet shape in
a few areas with a different color and allowing the colors to merge naturally on their own as opposed to brushing the two together. Too much brushwork
will blend the colors together into a new and single color which defeats the purpose of charging. This is just one of the simple techniques that has the
potential to transform an ordinary painting into an exceptional painting.



 
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