Somewhere within all of us 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, the source of our strength and compassion. This 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.
~ Richard Schmid, 1998 - Excerpt from Alla Prima
Throughout his career, which saw fifty one-man shows, Richard Schmid promoted art education through his books, articles, workshops, seminars, and television presentations, and he traveled widely for his subjects. Richard held a Doctorate in Fine Art and was a recipient of The John Singer Sargent Medal for Lifetime Achievement.
Since the publication of his landmark book on landscape painting in 2009, Richard had been involved in major projects. The first, in 2011, was a very large painting of Abbotsford House, the manor home of Sir Walter Scott in Melrose, Scotland, which won a viewing and praise from HRH Queen Elizabeth during grand re-opening ceremonies of the house and visitors center.
Another project, begun in 2011, was the new expanded edition of ALLA PRIMA entitled ALLA PRIMA II, completed in 2013, and now in its fourth printing. Additionally, exhibitions of Richard’s art were mounted at the National Academy of Science on Cape Cod, and Wellesley College in Boston.
During his distinguished career as a painter, author, and teacher, Richard Schmid had been a candid spokesman for what is known as the Grand Manner, a certain mingling of virtuosity and unrestrained joy in art. At the age of 86, Richard passed away on April 18, 2021. He is survived by his wife Nancy Guzik and his three daughters, Bettina, Gretchen, and Molly Schmid.
Richard Schmid's work has been represented in the following:
K. T. Wiedemann Foundation, Wichita, KS
Abbotsford, Melrose, Scotland: The Home of Sir Walter Scott
The Smithsonian Institution
The National Academy of Sciences
The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
The Art Institute of Chicago
The Harvard Club
The Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts
The National Academy of Design
The American Watercolor Society
The Thomas Gilcrease Museum
The Frye Museum
The Allied Artists of America
The Colorado Historical Society
The Butler Institute of American Art
The Holter Museum
The St. Louis Artist’s Guild
The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
The Salmagundi Club
The Tucson Museum of Art
The Albuquerque Museum of Art
The Loveland Museum
The Beijing Exhibition Center, China