I am Edward J. Stonehill, born in New York City of mixed descent (Puerto Rican and Eastern European). As an artist, I follow in the footsteps of my grandfather, who owned his art studio and was a professional illustrator on the East Side of Manhattan. As life has taken me to various places around the world, art has been a constant companion.
Growing up, I was surrounded by my grandfather’s paintings, which I always admired. Art had always been an important cultural touchstone in my family. Being in New York City gave me the opportunity to visit regularly some of the best museums in the world.
Though I always had an appreciation for art, my most significant development as an artist came to me when I lived in the Philippines, and even more significantly, in Hong Kong. Being considered an “expat,” which is another term for an outsider, drove me further into myself and my own world. In Hong Kong, I lived in an area mainly populated by locals who did not speak much English. As a result, I spent a lot of time with my art as a means of having a dialogue.
While at a local library in Sha Tin (Hong Kong), I came upon an art book about Egon Schiele’s watercolors. This was a revelation. His means of expression connected with me and influenced my art going forward. Other favored artists I currently study include (but are not limited to) Munch, Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Gogh, and Thiebaud. I most rate to expressionism in my work, though the power of color exhibited in fauvism is an additional influence. More recently, I owe a great debt to Sherry Camhy, a well-established artist. She has continued to support my artistic interests and helped me develop into a more thoughtful artist.