Born in 1950, Toronto, Ontario and graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1974. Scherman has had solo shows in galleries and regional museums throughout Canada and the United States.

His work has also been shown in France, Germany and China. His expressive work often depicts historical figures. Scherman is well known for a monumental cycle of  Napoleon portraits and French Revolution paintings collected in the 2002 art book, Chasing Napoleon: Forensic Portraits. He is one of the most successful contemporary practitioners of encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting. He was made a member of Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Scherman works in series. He frequently engages mythological and historical subjects. His palette of black, white, grey and pink owes much to Goya, distilled through Manet, as does his painterly handling of the encaustic medium in which he invites the viewer to share in the process of creation.