Oklahoma-born watercolorist F. Cole Wolford started painting later in life with no formal art training, following a career as an internal medicine specialist primarily treating HIV patients. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1980 from Virginia Tech and a Doctor of Medicine degree from Eastern Virginia Medical College. His paintings reflect a balance between surgical precision and a sense of freedom that finds beauty in unconventional vantage points. Intrigued by color and the way that value changes can transform a shape or a shadow from a flat plane into three dimensions, Wolford appreciates “being able to create things as I want them to be, rather than being forced to take them as they are.”
Wolford holds signature or signature life membership in the Florida Watercolor Society, the Gold Coast Watercolor Society, the Southern Watercolor Society, the Baltimore Watercolor Society, and the Georgia Watercolor Society. His paintings have been exhibited by the Transparent Watercolor Society of America and are included in the permanent collection of the U.S. State Department’s Art Bank. His solo exhibit “Shadow Journeys” took place at the Werkstatt Galerie in Munich, Germany, in 2014. He has been featured as one of Watercolor Artist Magazine’s “Ones to Watch.”
Vizcaya (2010) and 26th and Federal (2010) are two of Wolford’s earlier works depicting the intense colors of his adopted home state of Florida. Operation Party (2014) – a street scene from Manhattan – served as the centerpiece of his “Shadow Journeys” exhibit.