William A. Schneider
Since studying at the American Academy of Art, William A. Schneider’s artwork has evolved. Workshops with Daniel Gerhartz, Harley Brown and Richard Schmid, among others, solidified his understanding of the basics. But the many hours he spent studying and copying masterworks by Nicolai Fechin was his training for brushwork and edges. “I also found four days of intense study and analysis at an exhibit of the works of J.W. Waterhouse in Montreal to be an epiphany in understanding composition,” he says. “The wonderful thing about art is that you can always get better. I view myself as a perpetual student.”
Although Schneider paints landscapes and still lifes, he is particularly drawn to the figure. “Nothing approaches the beauty of a graceful curve or wistful smile. When setting up the live model, I try to be patient and wait until she falls into a pose that demands to be painted,” he explains. “A slight twist of the head or passing expression can make all the difference. I’m mindful of the fact that when I visit the great art museums of the world, most of the work is figurative. Some astute collectors owned those masterworks before they found their way into the museums.”
Schneider is represented by Reinert Fine Art in Charleston, South Carolina, and Illume Gallery of Fine Art in St. George, Utah. October 25 through December 9, he will participate in the Richeson 75 Figure and Portrait Exhibition at Richeson School of Art & Gallery in Kimberly, Wisconsin, and in the Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibition at McBride Gallery in Annapolis, Maryland, from October 28 through November 25. He is a signature member of OPA, and is a master member of Pastel Society of America, the International Association of Pastel Societies and American Impressionists Society.
Gentle Muse, oil, 16 x 20"
Reckless, oil, 24 x 18"
Updo, oil, 16 x 12"