Charles Shurcliff


CHARLES H. SHURCLIFF – an Ipswich native who was born in Beverly, MA, started drawing during the Roosevelt administration. He spent twenty years learning the fundamentals of seeing and painting from his grandfather Cape Ann painter Charles Hopkinson. He studied figure drawing for four years with Morton Saks, and art history for eight years in college and graduate school.

 “Today I paint only on site. What a pleasure it is to stand at the edge of the universe and try to capture a piece of it – not things as things so much as the subtle color relations and sparkle and magic that give them life and meaning. Exhibits – teaching – awards; and every time I think I finally know what I’m doing, some real clinkers!”