Meet The Artist

    I was born and raised in Southern Illinos and as a boy, spent much of my free time playing baseball, fishing and enjoying the great outdoors. One of my favorite boyhood memories was of our summer visits to my Grandparent's farm near the small town of Christopher, Illinois. I enjoyed everything about that old farm. I can still recall Grandpa mowing hay with a team of horses and the strong aroma of tasseled corn stalks as we sat on the porch on a hot summer evening. I liked to catch cat fish from the pond, feed the animals and explore the old barns. I will always treasure the memories of Grandma cooking on the wood burning stove and how great her fried chicken and homemade dumplings tasted. This was a special time that has long past, and I feel very fortunate to have experienced a small part of it.

    When I was not outdoors, I liked to spend my time sketching and drawing. At the age of 10, my parents gave me an art set complete with an instruction book. This was the beginning of my long journey to a challenging and rewarding art career. I am a graduate of the Art Instruction School of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and I have worked in the commercial art field for over 40 years. For 25 of those years my wife, Phyllis, and I operated a successful advertising agency in Southern Illinois.

    In 1983, my wife and I embarked on a new journey when we started American Memory Prints. We published our first limited edition print from one of my original oil paintings of an old John Deere Model B farm tractor. It was very well received and later became our first sold-out edition.

    We created American Memory Prints with the desire to produce a reasonably priced line of fine art products, dedicated to the American way of life, accenting the nostalgic memories of times when life was a little simpler. Currently we offer the largest selection of antique and classic tractor art found anywhere in the world. We also have fire trucks, historic trains, vintage airplanes, automobiles and much, much, more. 

    The art technique I use today is very similar to the process used by Currier & Ives in the last half of the 19th century. I start with a very detailed pen & ink drawing which is reproduced and then hand-painted with watercolor or acrylics. My method of layering colors in multiple tones over the pen & ink drawing, enables me to create a vividly bright watercolor with great detailing. I then add selected opaque accents to enhance the depth of the painting. My work has been purchased by gift stores, frame shops and art buyers in all 50 States and 5 foreign countries.

    American Memory Prints is a family owned company and I owe many, many thanks to my loving wife, Phyllis, for all of her sacrifices, hard work and encouragement. And to our daughters Kim and Cassie and our sons Jim and Chuck for all the times they have helped and supported our efforts. 

    But, I especially want to thank all of you...  for thinking enough of my art to buy for yourself or for someone special in your life. Because of you, I know my work will be enjoyed by some of the finest people in the world.

Edward Schaefer

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