Sterling Edwards is a 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. Since that time, he has been intrigued with art of all mediums and has taken advantage of every opportunity to expand his knowledge and perfect his skills. Predominantly self taught, Sterling has developed a unique style of painting that has gained international recognition and the respect of his peers, students, and art aficionados.
Most of Sterling’s paintings are interpretive statements that reflect his love of the outdoors, ranging from abstract expressionism to traditional. He usually paints with large brushes to capture the basic shapes of his subject while keeping detail to a minimum. He then looks for opportunities to overlap and interlock the shapes to create balance and dimension in the painting. This is combined with a bold composition, dramatic balance of light and dark values, and expressive colors resulting in a unique, and often thought provoking, painting. Many of his paintings offer a combination of abstract and representational design that capture the mood and dynamics of the subject as interpreted by Sterling.
In 1993, he began teaching his painting styles and methods at workshops throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. Sterling’s work has been featured in a number of prestigious national publications including Watercolor Magic Magazine’s “Ones to Watch” and in Watercolor Artists Magazine. In 2007 he was awarded signature member status in the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, an international organization based in Toronto, Canada. Also in 2007, Sterling designed and introduced a signature set of watercolor brushes and a watercolor palette that are both marketed internationally. In 2010 he was awarded signature membership status in the esteemed Transparent Watercolor Society of America and selected as a featured artist in the book, “Best of America Watermedia Artists”. He is the author of the best selling North Light book, “Creating Luminous Watercolor Landscapes, a Four Step Process” and is a contributing artist in six other books by various publishers. In 2013 Sterling was honored to be accepted by invitation into the International Watercolor Society.
Today Sterling’s book, signature line of products, and instructional DVD’s are used by artists worldwide. His award winning watermedia paintings are in private and corporate collections throughout the world. He works from his home studio in Hendersonville, North Carolina located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.