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Richard Schmid was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1934. His earliest influence came from his maternal grandfather, Julian Oates, an architectural sculptor. Richard’s initial studies in landscape painting, figure drawing, and anatomy began at the age of twelve and continued into classical techniques under William H. Mosby at the American Academy of Art in Chicago.
Mosby, a graduate of the Belgian Royal Academy in Brussels and the Superior Institute in Antwerp, was an expert on European and American realism. Studies with him involved working exclusively from life, at first using the conceptual and technical methods of the Flemish, Dutch, and Spanish masters, and eventually incorporating methods from all of the late 19th century European and American painters. The emphasis in each period was on Alla Prima (e.g., Direct Painting) systems of the various periods. Building upon this foundation, Schmid’s individual style and the content of his work developed along personal lines.
Richard Schmid has received some of the highest honors and recognition of achievement in his field, including the American Watercolor Gold Medal, the 1987 National Arts for the Parks Award, the 2000 John Singer Sargent Medal for Lifetime Achievement, and the 2005 Gold Medal awarded by the Portrait Society of America. An honorary Doctor of Fine Arts, honoris causa degree, was conferred on Richard Schmid by the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in 2003. In addition, Richard Schmid is frequently featured in major publications and fine art magazines.
Richard Schmid’s life’s work has had a major impact on the art world. In addition to spending time creating his own works of art, he generously shares his time, knowledge and resources promoting excellence in fine art. His public appearances include workshops, charity events, lectures, and media interviews. In January 1989, Richard Schmid launched his independent publishing company, Stove Prairie Press, LLC, with the printing of his instructional book, Alla Prima, Everything I Know About Painting. He has written and self published several art books and produced numerous instructional DVDs. He currently lives in New Hampshire
with his wife, the artist Nancy Guzik.
“Somewhere within all of us there is a wordless center, a part of us that hopes to be immortal in some way, a part that has remained unchanged since we were children, the source of our strength and compassion. “This faint confluence of the tangible and the spiritual is where Art comes from. It has no limits, and once you tap into it you will realize what truly rich choices you have. “May each painting you do from that sacred place include an expression of gratitude for the extraordinary privilege of being an artist.” - Richard Schmid