Sterling Edwards was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1951. At the age of twelve, he was enrolled in oil painting classes after his parents noticed he had a natural ability to draw. Once introduced to the world of art, Sterling began experimenting with every medium at this disposal. In 1985, he bagan studying transpartent watercolors and was immediately captivated by the freshness and luminosity of the medium. Influenced by watercolor master, Zoltan Szabo, Sterling spent several years developing his own unique style of painting with watercolors. Interpretations of natural settings are the subject of the majority of his paintings. Using mostly large brushes, Sterling focuses on the design of the subject and begins a process of conveying his thoughts and interpretations with stylized shapes, bold lights and darks and dramatic color rhythms. The result is an expressive and sometimes abstract painting that allows the viewer to see a small part of the world through Sterling's eyes.
In 1993, Sterling began teaching his style of painting to watercolor artists of all skill levels. As his reputation as a watercolor artist and teacher grew, he was requested to conduct watercolor workshops throughout the United States and Canada. He has been a featured artist in the fall 2001 issue of Watercolor Magic magazine in an article titled "Ones to Watch," and has been featured in numerous newspaper articles. In March 2006, Sterling was chosen as a founding artist and stockholder of Art Academy Live, Inc., a web-based international art instruction company. In 2007, he was elected as a signature member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour. Sterling's original paintings are in private and corporate collections worldwide and marketed through several galleries. He works from his studio in Hendersonville, North Carolina.