Talisman Gallery, OK
Private collection, Kansas ca. 1998
Richard Schmid painted and taught art within three distinct categories: landscapes, figurative and still life. While he favored all three of them, he would occasionally urge new painters toward still lifes (like his painting New Year’s Eve) for several key reasons: “A still life never has to take a break, or get home to a husband and kids to make supper,” he wrote in Alla Prima II. “Occasionally flowers will wilt, but there are ways around that. Still life allows you to take your time and do things right. You are always in charge. You get to decide what to paint, and how you wish to arrange and light it. It is always there for you. Bon appetite!”
At the time of his death in 2021, Schmid had a doctorate in fine art, had been awarded the John Singer Sargent Medal for Lifetime Achievement by the American Society of Portrait Artists, was the subject of more than 50 one-man shows and his work was in countless institutions around the world, including the Smithsonian, the Gilcrease Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago.
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