Foremost American artist Richard Schmid was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1934. His earliest artistic influence came from his maternal grandfather, Julian Oates, an architectural sculptor. Richard’s initial training in landscape painting began at the age of twelve with the Chicago painter Gianni Cilfone. Subsequent studies in anatomy and figure drawing allowed his entrance at eighteen into the American Academy of Art in Chicago where he continued into the full range of classical techniques under William H. Mosby.
William Mosby, a graduate of the Belgian Royal Academy in Brussels and the Superior Institute in Antwerp, was a technical expert on European and American realism. Studies with him involved working exclusively from life, at first using the conceptual and technical methods of the Flemish, Dutch, and Spanish masters, and eventually all of the late 19th century European and American painters. Throughout his career, which saw over fifty one-man shows, Richard Schmid has promoted fine art education through his books, articles, workshops, seminars, and television presentations. His landmark book, ALLA PRIMA: Everything I Know About Painting, first published in 1998 by Stove Prairie Press, LLC, went into thirteen printings. His latest book, ALLA PRIMA II: Everything I Know About Painting and More, published in September 2013 is already in the second printing. Richard Schmid holds a Doctorate in Fine Arts, and has won nearly every major Fine Art Award in America including the $100,000 National Arts for the Parks Competition for his painting of Rocky Mountain National Park in 1987.
In addition, Richard Ormond, Sargent’s grandnephew, presented him with The John Singer Sargent Medal for Lifetime Achievement in 2000 during The American Society of Portrait Artists Foundation‘s Conference held in the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Then in 2013 his painting, Abbotsford House was presented to her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Opening of Abbotsford’s new Visitors Center in Melrose, Scotland. Doug Pringle, president of The K.T. Wiedemann Foundation, Inc. commissioned Richard Schmid to paint Abbotsford- The Home of Sir Walter Scott in 2011. The completed painting was shipped to Scotland and installed at Abbotsford on July 3, 2013.
Richard Schmid currently lives in New England with his wife, the painter Nancy Guzik.