Stephen Edwards is a lifelong native Hoosier who is a master of the art of watercolor painting. Though he is equally skilled in other mediums, his concentration has been on elevating watercolors to new levels. He enjoys painting a variety of subjects that display the magic of values, as well as, using color for mood and emotion. There is always an abstract design that plays in the construction of his work. This gives his paintings an appeal to both representational and abstract collectors.
Stephen is a member of several national and local level art organizations which include the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Hoosier Salon (Signature Member), Indiana Artists Club, Brown County Artist Association, Indiana Heritage Arts, Pennsylvania Watercolor Society (Signature member), Illinois Watercolor Society, Philadelphia Watercolor Society, Kentucky Watercolor Society, Bloomington Watercolor Society (Signature member), and the Art Association of Madison County. He is also an elected member of the Mondial Art Academia of France where he was given the title Knight Academician after receiving the Silver Medal for aqua media in the 2020 international exhibit held in France. Stephen also is the co-founder of the Watercolor Society of Indiana as well as a Signature member of the group.
He has won numerous awards in many exhibits, most recently the Dorothy Schulz Englehart Award in the Watercolor Society of Indiana 2020 Juried Exhibit at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Fredrick Vance Award from the Brown County Art Gallery in 2020, Best In Show Indiana Artists Club at the Richmond Museum 2021, and First Place Watercolor at the 97th Annual Hoosier Salon 2021.
Artists Statement: My inspiration to paint starts with the selection of the subject. The main consideration when picking a subject, is there an emotional connection with me? Then, am I able to convey that emotion to the viewer? I think about each painting not so much as what I have done, but what it delivers to a viewer. Art should have that kind of impact for the viewer. It is what makes the difference between exciting or bland.