Jonathan Small

Fine Contempory Art


For as long as I can remember, I have been creating art.  Making something which touches another, not only with someone living today but perhaps with a person of a future generation, truly inspired me.

My preferred medium is oil paint.  I proudly work in a traditional style.  When I visit museums and galleries I gravitate towards viewing the art of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

A great deal of my inspiration comes from my great-great-grandfather, Stephen Alonzo Schoff(1818-1904), a well-known American engraver in his time, but for some reason, his life and work have been largely forgotten, even within our branch of the family tree. Around 2004 I did some searching on the Internet and got an inkling of just how talented and respected Mr. Schoff was. His works are housed in the Smithsonian, the MFA (Schoff's work plus a large number of collected prints he gave to the museum), the Library of Congress, and the New York Public Library. He was friends with Asher B. Durand, John F. Kensett, William Morris Hunt, and many other well known artists. His best known images included portraits of such literary luminaries as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Walt Whitman, George Eliot, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. I have been doing some research into Stephen Schoff and have collected a fair amount of his artwork. I’d be happy to share my information with anyone interested.  I maintain a Picasa Web Album and a Pinterest Board of his work.

I studied art at the University of Colorado, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Mass Art, and RISD, however, I put my art career on hold while I worked in the surf and windsurf industries for twenty years. In 2005 my life came to a crossroads and I found myself at a point where I was poised to take on a great deal more business responsibility. It was then that I decided to walk away from selling windsurfers and spend my remaining time alive in pursuit of my artistic muse.  I'm married to a wonderful wife who is a retired school librarian and we have a pretty daughter who loves to dance.