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Ralph Hewett Schofield
(Salt Lake City, Utah , 1921 - 2002, Holladay, Utah)
Ralph Hewitt Schofield was an interesting Salt Lake City painter (born in the Cottonwood area of Salt Lake Valley), who is best known for some rather wonderful images of historical whimsy regarding the great days of the Old Saltair resort. He studied painting at the University of Utah under Lee Greene Richards and LeConte Stewart, and for three years at the Salt Lake Art Center's Art Barn with Gertrude Teutsch and Michael Cannon, among others. A Korean War veteran, he was a First Marine Division combat artist within that context, and created some nice portrait, figure study, and landscape work in a hard-edge style over the years. He also did some powerful colorfield painting. Ann Poore put an example, Desert Series Number 1, into her 1996 abstraction show at Utah State University and elsewhere, and got Schofield to say the following about his art life and view in general: " 'I don't know why I paint, and I certainly don't know why I paint what I paint.' Schofield believes that most of his nature is abstract. 'A painting is a thing—a thing like a rock or a twig. It gets your attention, you like it, that's it. It's not expected to do anything more than that.'"