Settler West Gallery, AZ
Private collection, Kansas ca. 1993
Richard Schmid devoted his life and career to teaching art, but it goes so far beyond just teaching. Schmid believed that the information should be accessible to artists of all skill levels, because being a great painter shouldn’t be a secret. When he released his art book Alla Prima and its sequel, the subtitles were Everything I Know About Painting and Everything I Know About Painting—And More. And he wasn’t kidding. Born in Chicago, Schmid started painting by the age of 12. By 18 he was selling his art and being instructed by William H. Mosby at the American Academy of Art. After a stint in the military and several moves up and down the East Coast, Schmid was back in Chicago to join the Palette & Chisel Academy, an art school for students of all ages and skill levels. He started as a teacher and left as the president. After moving to Colorado in 1990, he would start other arts clubs and organizations. Many were very informal meet-ups and painting trips meant to celebrate art and the people who made it.
“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. It is the source of our strength and compassion,” Schmid wrote in his second Alla Prima book. “That faint confluence of the tangible and the spiritual is where art comes from. It has no known 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.”
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