Terri Schofield, 79, sits on his low bed surrounded by light blue walls covered with photographs from his childhood and various pieces of artwork. His bedroom is simple, but the artwork he painted is not.

Terri Schofield was an artist in D.C. until he lost his eyesight. Eventually, he began to use other his other senses to create a source of income. (Courtesy photo)

There is a noticeable print behind his bed, of a nude woman, similar to that of a painting of the Greek goddess, Aphrodite, as well as small ornate statues of angels and animals throughout the Southeast D.C. home. “I love to arrange things, and decorate,” Schofield tells the AFRO. “Not being able to do things and having to rely on someone became a pest. That’s an adjustment that I don’t think anyone could ever, ever make.”

Schofield lost his eyesight 10 years ago in an explosion in his kitchen. He can no longer paint. “A piece of kitchen equipment had hit up the right side of my eye and then another piece landed into the center of my eye, and almost knocked me unconscious,” Schofield said. “From there I eventually began to lose my sight.”

Schofield is a self-taught painter and was encouraged by his father to pursue his artistic dreams. After attending Dunbar High School in Northwest D.C., he continued his education at the Corcoran School of Art which is now part of George Washington University. Schofield left Corcoran and later went to the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.

Terri Schofield was an artist in D.C. until he lost his eyesight. Eventually, he began to use other his other senses to create a source of income. (Courtesy photo)

As a professional artist, Schofield partnered with Tranquility Art Gallery in Northwest D.C., located on Rhode Island Avenue, to showcase and sell his work as well as give art lessons. “I had to paint to survive, whether I was inspired or not because I was doing back to back paintings,” he said. “There were clients of mine who wanted four or five paintings. So, I had to.”

Schofield said his preferred art medium was acrylic, because it was fast-drying which contributed to how quickly he was able to produce pieces. “I loved them, but I was painting so rapidly, not knowing that one day I was wasn’t going to be able to paint,” he said.

Schofield admitted that he sold hundreds of paintings in his lifetime but kept one in particular: his painting of the now deceased Prince, which won first place in a citywide art competition on Capitol Hill during the ‘80s. Schofield could not recall the competition’s name. “I held on to the picture of Prince because (he) is going to be responsible for a lot of countless musicians who are struggling to be someone,” said Schofield. “Prince is what you would call a great musical genius.”

Another notable painting by Schofield was his rendition of Michelangelo’s Pietá, which is originally a white marble sculpture of the Mother Mary holding Jesus Christ across her lap. Schofield sold the Pietá to a minister in 2005 and when the minster passed away in 2008 it was returned to him. The 50 inch-long, 40 inch-wide painting of Pietá is currently hanging in Schofield’s living room where it stands out among other unique decor with its nude, monochromatic tone and grand size.

Without being able to use painting as a form of income, Schofield said he devoted his life to another talent that he inherited from his Cherokee Indian and Black grandmother: clairvoyance. He now reads people’s fortunes to earn income.

Schofield said he had countless premonitions in his lifetime including a moment when he warned his parents not to allow a pair of visiting men inside of their house. Schofield’s mother denied the men entry, only to discover the residents of a house the men later visited had been arrested as well as the two men.