Michael Schofield's Biography


Artist Michael Schofield was born in Orlando, Florida, in 1947.

In that same year (1947), his family moved to Oakland, California, where, according to the artist, he thought he was going to play pro-baseball when he grew up.

In his sophomore year at Oakland High School, under the private tutelage of Robert Jensen (brother of internationally recognized watercolorist Jackie 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.

Upon graduation, Schofield entered the military. Shortly thereafter, he left the Marines to attend the Harris School of Advertising Art in Nashville, Tennessee. During the summer terms, Schofield would travel to Woodstock, New York, to study with renowned watercolorist John Pike, a contemporary of Robert Wood.

Two years later, he opened his own studio (in Tennessee) where he says he taught, painted and starved. In 1980, Schofield returned to California and established a silkscreen printing studio where he could create his own original serigraphs.

The art of Michael Schofield enjoys a strong private- and corporate-collector base. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and seen on such popular motion picture films as "Bridges of Madison County," "City Hall" and "Beethoven," among others. Art Society memberships include: The Tennessee Watercolor Society and National Society of Artists.

In the early to mid-eighties, Michael had his own serigraph shop and supervised all of his reproductive work.   His talent as a silk screen mechanic and artist allowed him to produce finished works of art straight out of his imagination with out the aid of an original to look at and take the colors from.  This was unheard of and I know of no other artist who can boast of such a feat...

These days Michael is painting primarily in oils.  He has many galleries who handle his work and the world's largest print supplier handles is posters and prints.  With an average of a print a minute sold on a 24/7 basis, he is without a doubt the most sold landscape artist of all times.

Michael likes to hand retouch many of his giclee on canvas pieces and sign them on the back of the canvas.  He provides a photo of him signing the back of a canvas.  Many artist use this method of recreating popular originals, offering them as originals at a lower price than the actual original.  This in turn makes any original oil on canvas or watercolor more valuable.

A lot of controversy surrounds Michael Schofield's life style and contribution to the arts in general.  I know of several play writes who would love to recreate his life story for the big screen.  He's still young, so let's see what else he does with his many creative talents.

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