Wil­liam A. Sch­nei­der

American Art Collector - - Artist Focus -

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"

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