Terry Shoffner

Terry Shoffner
Water Works | Artist in Fayetteville, Arkansas

About the Work

T.W. Shoffner has spent more than twenty years working exclusively with watercolor. His use of mood and atmosphere add an impressionistic feeling to his representational work, creating an illusion that engages the viewer’s imagination, giving the observer a sense of participation. 

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About the Artist

Terry W. Shoffner grew up Weldon, Arkansas, attended school in the Newport through high school, and graduated from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. After graduation he worked as TV art director and graphic designer before immigrating to Canada in 1975. In 1993 he received a Master’s degree from Syracuse University.

In addition to his studio practice, he has taught at OCAD University in Toronto, Canada for 36 years He continues as a full-time Associate Professor at OCADU where he teaches Drawing and Painting. Over the past 40 years his work has appeared in magazines, books, advertising and design throughout North America, Europe and Asia. He has worked for many major corporations and has won numerous awards. He holds citizenship in both Canada and the U.S.A.

Terry has worked exclusively in watercolor for over 20 years. His strong sense of color adds mood and atmosphere to urban, rural and figurative subjects in a representational but impressionistic manner. 

His figurative work includes more than 250 watercolor portraits for the Wall Street Journal in New York.


Artist Statement

Transparency, the very characteristic that give watercolour it’s luminosity, also makes it the most difficult to work with, because nothing can be hidden and making corrections are virtually impossible. Terry embraces the challenge inherent in the medium. “My best work comes from walking that fine edge. You must be willing to fail to succeed.” 

His strong sense of colour reflects years of exploration, combining observation with applied colour theory, a process that has led to a sensitive understanding of colour harmony. He describes the subtle but powerful use of colour as, “knocking the viewer over with a feather.”
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