Daniel Smith Master Artist Set 1 Stella Canfields


Introducing STELLA CANFIELD’s MASTER ARTIST SETS I AND II which offer beginners and professionals tools to create vibrant works while offering depth.

“The DANIEL SMITH colors in each set are designed for your enjoyment, one is more foundational, and one is more playful”. Each color collection is designed for enjoyment and mixing. Stella’s positive mindset and lighthearted perfection in the color is contagious!”


Stella’s favorite part of her work is playing with DANIEL SMITH color. Her inspiration begins with play and it just comes to life when suddenly something resonates in it for her and she follows it. She exclaims, “Don’t get intimidated with white paper, just play”. This is also why she very much enjoys plein-air painting, so she can use all her senses, enjoying the way nature is incredibly engaging.

Stella Canfield’s artwork is about capturing a feeling and communicating it to us through her watercolors. Her current solo show is titled “Impressions in Watercolor” and represents that it is not about finding the perfect subject but rather expressing the emotions you feel toward it so that each time one looks at the painting, can discover something new. She likes to live in the freedom of this moment instead of planning a series or theme.

The paintings on the Master Set l and ll are connections to her personally because of the use of color and the scenes. Water scenes have long had a special inspiration and are linked to the magical years of her upbringing and life on an island north of Seattle where she lived with her husband and children for many years.

Stella explains that flowers and gardens are a passion of hers and links her to a very special place in Barzitsa, Bulgaria which was a creative center she and her husband founded in 2000 as a charitable organization serving as financial support for village children. This place bursts with colors and flowers and gardens, like the Master Set II. Vivid colors in both sets are important to Stella, as needed for energy and emotion that she wants to convey. They also mix well and produce beautiful neutrals as well as deep juicy darks.

Stella Canfield’s love of color has followed her through her whole life. She tells the story about her return to Bulgaria later in life in 1989, as a professional artist, and her Aunt telling her that she was not surprised Stella had changed career paths towards art. Her Aunt told Stella that she would paint for hours and hours as a small child with watercolors and loved to play with the colors even then. Stella also muses that this fits her story, as she recalls how so much of her artist journey has come full circle and somehow, she has followed unique life situations that have fit together perfectly in her story.

Stella leaves you with this advice when using the NEW DANIEL SMITH Master Sets, “Expressing how you feel in the moment is the most important thing. Emotion is the best communicator. I leave all my emotions in the painting. When you do this, the viewer will understand you”.