Richard Schmid: A Great Artist and Teacher
Representational artists of my generation owe our ability to stand proudly in the art world today to a few courageous and incredibly talented artists of the late 20th Century. Artists who swam against the tide of Pop, post-modern, conceptual and other mid to late 20th Century movements and kept representational art alive. For me the true giant of representational painting is Richard Schmid. Schmid is not only a great painter he is one of the most generous and gifted teachers of the fine art of painting.
When I graduated in from college in 1972, color field painting and pop art and a nascent conceptual art movement had conquered the art world. Realist art, my passion, was considered passé and no longer worthy of being taught in art schools, colleges or universities. Even still, as a graduation gift to myself I bought the book “Richard Schmid Paints Landscapes: Creative Techniques in Oil” and have referred to it for instruction and inspiration ever since.
My career choice took me away from fine art to a career in graphic design and marketing communication. The passion I had for representational painting, although set aside, still smoldered inside. In recent years that passion was reignited. Schmid’s wisdom has been an invaluable part so that journey. His “Alla Prima: Everything I know About Painting” published just a few years ago has been my bible for understanding the representational painters craft. And although our styles are quite different my work owes a great debt to what I learned from its pages. In it he shares his commitment to accurate drawing, great composition, value, color, edges and most importantly, using those tools in service of a clear artistic statement.
Schmid reminds us that each of us sees the world from our own unique perspective and honing solid skills is essential for us to express our experience and vision. He helps us to trust what we see, and opens our eye to see more deeply. He helps us slow down and be deliberate with every brush stroke yet still allow those brushstrokes to appear spontaneous and natural. He teaches that and so much more.
Beyond the craft, Schmid exudes the shear joy of being an artist.
Thank you Richard for the beautiful gift of your art, your teaching and your contagious artist spirit.
Richard Schmid’s continues to teach in many forms. RichardSchmid.com is the best source of Schmid’s great teaching through DVD’s, lithographs and books including his latest, “Alla Prima II.”
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