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Richard Schmid

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Richard Schmid
Snow Goose by Richard Schmid
Born(1934-10-05)October 5, 1934
NationalityAmerican (United States)
EducationAmerican Academy of Art
Known forPainting

Richard Schmid (October 5, 1934) is an American realist artist.

Early career

Richard Schmid's maternal grandfather, Julian Oates, was an architectural sculptor.[1] Richard's initial studies in landscape painting, figure drawing, and anatomy began at the age of twelve and continued into classical techniques under William H. Mosby at the American Academy of Art in Chicago.[2]


In 1964 Schmid was the focus of the film The Secret Squint, which was awarded the C.I.N.E. Award. [3] In 1990 Schmid as a finalist for The Hubbard Art Award for Excellence.[4][5] In 2000, Schmid received the John Singer Sargent Medal for Lifetime Achievement from the American Society of Portrait Artists; and in 2001, Schmid produced a short documentary film, An American Portrait: The Senator and the Artist, in which Schmid interviewed then Senator James Jeffords of Vermont, while simultaneously painting his portrait.[6]

The retrospective show Richard Schmid - A Retrospective Exhibition was held at the Butler Institute of American Art in 2003.[7] In May 2005, Schmid received the gold-medal award from The Portrait Society of America. Additional lifetimes awards Schmid has received include the Medal of Honor from the Salmagundi Club of New York City, the $100,000 National Arts for the Parks award, and the American Watercolor Gold Medal. In 2003 he received an honorary doctorate degree from the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts.[8] Then in 2013 Schmid’s painting, “Abbotsford House: The Home of Sir Walter Scott” was shown at the Royal Opening of Abbotsford’s new Visitors Center in Melrose, Scotland.[9] In 2014 Plein Air magazine, also presented Schmid with the Lifetime Achievement Award.[10] Over his career, his work has been the focus of more than fifty solo exhibitions.[1]

Writing and recording

Schmid is the author of Alla Prima, Everything I know about Painting,[11] an art instruction book first published in 1998.[12][13] Schmid has also videos and DVDs,[14][15] some of which feature his personal art instruction in the areas of landscape painting and portrait painting.[16]

Personal life

Schmid currently lives in New Hampshire with his wife, artist Nancy Guzik.[17]


  1. ^ a b "Nationally renowned artist Richard Schmid at Gallery 1261".
  2. ^ Susan E. Meyer (1978). 20 oil painters and how they work: from the pages of American artist. Watson-Guptill Publications. p. 34.
  3. ^ CINE Winners. 21. Film News. 1964.
  4. ^ critic, Alan G. Artner, Art. "`MODERNISM` UNDEFINED".
  5. ^ Glueck, Grace. "Art Museum at a New Mexico Track".
  6. ^ "Western Art - Cowboy Artists & Western Sculptures". 3 September 2010.
  7. ^ "An art explosion".
  8. ^ "Laumeister to hold tribute to artist Richard Schmid".
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  11. ^ "Renowned Painter Richard Schmid Receives Lifetime Achievement Award - OutdoorPainter". 10 April 2014.
  12. ^ Albee, Timothy; Warner, Steve; Wood, Robin (30 October 2018). "Essential Lightwave 3D 8: The Fastest and Easiest Way to Master LightWave". Wordware Publishing, Inc. – via Google Books.
  13. ^ "38 of the Best Books on Drawing & Painting - Art Escape Italy I Art Holidays in Italy". Art Escape Italy I Art Holidays in Italy.
  14. ^ "Pirates in our Midst".
  15. ^ "Richard Schmid: The Power of Simplicity in Portrait Paintings". 29 January 2008.
  16. ^ "Richard Schmid – Lines and Colors".
  17. ^ "May I Introduce Nancy Guzik? - Artists Network". 30 April 2011.

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