Why Trust Shoel-Art?
Most visitors to this sight have never met me and know little about my personal history. So why should you trust Stephen Shoel Wachtel?
To begin with, I spent nearly eight years as a U.S. Air Force pilot, mostly as an instructor in single-engine, fighter-type aircraft. Other peoples’ welfare depended regularly on my skill and my integrity. In effect, my students and fellow pilots trusted me with their lives. This kind of trust is obvious during a jet penetration, for example, when the flight leader shepherds his wingman through an overcast on the way back to base. In dense clouds, the wingman cannot take his eyes away from the leader’s aircraft throughout the penetration. If the leader flies into the ground, he takes his wingman with him.
As another point, I’ve sold many paintings -- to individuals, to major collections and to a museum. No one has asked for a refund. See letters of endorsement below.
. . . It is said that some are born great, some achieve greatness and others have greatness thrust upon them. I believe you are truly a gifted painter. Your art is timeless — conceptual realism. You are in the vanguard of scientists/artists who only require one great art gallery owner or a connected museum curator to be catapulted into notoriety as a modern master. What is most amazing to me is that you have maintained a "youthful mind."
. . . The paintings are now hanging on the walls in my beautiful home in Jerusalem. They are prominently displayed in the kitchen and salon and (I) derive much pleasure when viewing them. You were reluctant to part with the two canvases I selected but after some cajoling I convinced you to sell them. I cannot fully express the wonderful feelings I have when I stop to savor their uniqueness and expressive details both in art form and hues. I could not be happier had I owned a Picasso or Dali. In truth, my Shoel art works are more meaningful and delightful to me, than either a Picasso or Dali.
When I off-handedly suggested to Stephen Wachtel (Shoel) that he paint my portrait, I didn't know if he would (or, indeed, should) take me seriously. But that he did, and now I am the proud owner of a stunning work of art. That the face in the painting clearly resembles my own is beside the point. Stephen's painting is unique, deep and original. It magically captures both something that is fundamentally me and something that is quite beyond me. This treasure will be passed down lovingly to my children and to the generations to come.
Shoel’s art transforms you to a place where color, design and light inspire one’s senses. One of his creations has hung on the walls of our master bedroom for over 25 years and every morning the piece is restorative and inspirational.
Ramat Bet Shemesh, Israel
I have the pleasure of owning several original paintings by this well-known artist. These paintings transform the rooms in which they are hung and are marvels to look at and admire. It is rare to find an artist with so many unique styles who excels at all of them. I would highly recommend (Shoel-Art) for one's home or business or pleasure.
My wife and I are the proud owners of the painting . . . displayed in the Cubist collection titled “Window Shopping.” Its colors are vibrant and alive! However, when you look at the two women you must ask yourself whether they are window shopping or whether they are being window shopped! The mystery creates tension in the midst of liveliness. Steve is a master of making you look deeper to find what is going on in the painting and in yourself. We are privileged to have such an inventive piece of work and such a creative friend.
Sam and Patricia S. Chafetz
Stephen Wachtel requested that I write my opinion of the several paintings that I have acquired from him over the years . . . His paintings are not abstract. Illustrative of this is the group of paintings of the biblical Joseph who was the Viceroy of the Pharaoh of Egypt more than 3000 years ago. (One) painting depicts Joseph as an Egyptian noble and his brothers, who did not recognize him due to his beard, which they had not seen before. He recognizes them. You can tell from this very fine painting. Another . . . is the one which depicts Joseph’s dream when he was a young boy. He dreamed (of) his eleven brothers and his father and mother, depicted in the top portion as the sun and the moon. He is wearing symbolically the “coat of many colors.” Once again, it is an excellent representation. Wachtel is extremely talented and we are proud to have some of his paintings among our collection.
A true Maestro! Shoel’s paintings are remarkable. Several years ago, I have had the pleasure to meet him in his studio. He is a talented, versatile artist and above all a great human being. He is a visionary with enormous amount of skill and talent. I am honored to have the Raphael painting in my possession as it is truly a gem.
My wife and I commissioned a rather large piece that would capture the feelings, colors and memories of our visit to the Holy City. We also decided to incorporate the idea of the Law being given to the world in the form of two tablets in the sky. The result of Shoel’s meticulous work was incredible. The final artwork as you can see is a wonderful expression of Jerusalem and it's iconic features. The original painting has been hanging in our house as a central piece and always draws comments and admiration from all who see it. We are fortunate to have this work in our family.
As a proud owner of one of Shoel's earlier paintings, I was pleased to learn about his newly launched website. My Shoel painting proudly hangs at the entrance of my home and is frequently commented on by visitors. What attracts people to look more closely at the painting are the distinctive uses of colors, shapes, and imagery. Shoel is at the forefront of … contemporary … cubism. This carefully crafted website will help to expand his fan base by introducing collectors and art lovers to this decidedly talented artist.
“The Boy with Guitar" resides over the fireplace in my sunny condo on the Memphis Mississippi River bluff. Although the work is cubism in style, it is soothingly cohesive. The way the boy is seated and the way the guitar is held makes one feel he is really playing and encouraging participation. Often I pull out my own guitar to jam with him. Every guest has commented positively on the work with many asking me of whom it is a life-like portrait! I am so happy to have been able to acquire this beautiful work of art, and I thank Shoel for the opportunity.
I have had the delightful pleasure of having one of Stephen’s paintings in my home for many years, and the joy it has brought us. Thanks Stephen and keep them coming.
As a proud owner of two of Shoel’s paintings, may I say that there is not a day that goes by without me looking at them and appreciating their beauty. I know very little about "art" other than what I like and what makes me "feel something.” Shoel's paintings bring me joy and fill my heart with happiness.
Boynton Beach FL