Michelle Du­n­away

Por­trait of Richard Sch­mid, oil, 40 x 27" (102 x 69 cm)

International Artist - - The Art Of The Portrait -


This paint­ing has pro­found mean­ing to me. I was in­spired by John Singer Sar­gent’s paint­ing of his teacher Caro­lus Du­ran and wanted to pay homage to one of my most in­flu­en­tial men­tors, Richard Sch­mid. My de­sire was to con­vey to the viewer the ex­pe­ri­ence of sit­ting with Richard in con­ver­sa­tion dur­ing a paint­ing ses­sion. He has touched so many peo­ple’s lives and artis­tic paths through his paint­ing, teach­ing and his book Alla Prima.

I spent over a year and a half pre­par­ing to do this life size paint­ing, it was a la­bor of love. This was my way of hon­or­ing the man, artist, friend and teacher I know him to be.


Art fas­ci­nated me from as early as I can re­mem­ber, and I have been draw­ing since I was able to hold a pen­cil. I went to art school and re­ceived train­ing in draw­ing and anatomy, but most of my paint­ing was learned on my own or from study­ing books, paint­ing from life or vis­it­ing mu­se­ums un­til I took my first work­shop at age 29. My fo­cus has al­ways been to do the best work

I can pos­si­bly do. I have al­ways be­lieved that if the work was strong enough, a ca­reer would come nat­u­rally, and I have found that to be true.

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