“I seek what I love about a subject and try to convey it honestly. -RS
At the height of his long and distinguished career during which he achieved the honor of winning nearly every major art award in the United States, including the Medal of Honor from the prestigious Salmagundi Club of New York City, the $100,000 National Arts for the Parks award, and the John Singer Sargent Medal for Lifetime Achievement—Richard Schmid experienced every new painting as a process of discovery.
Richard once said, “I seek what I love about a subject and try to convey it honestly. As I have grown as an artist, I have found I have the capacity to see more. The more I see, the more I find to paint, and the more I wish to convey on canvas. It’s an unstoppable sequence—And that’s the adventure.”
One of the paintings featured in my gallery’s autumn on-line show, and in American Art Collector’s October 2021 issue, “Hobb Green Breakfast,” is among Richard’s most iconic oils of his wife artist, Nancy Guzik. He was inspired to create it during a trip to Yorkshire, England where the pair stayed at a Manor House and estate. In his book, ALLA PRIMA II, Richard wrote, “I painted Nancy many times from life in similar settings, but since I could not bring myself to ask our hosts for permission to actually paint her in their dining room, this painting was done from a photo.”
However, Richard will always be known for the paintings he created directly from life and “The Breakers, Isle of Monhegan, Maine,” clearly illustrates his love of adventure.
He traveled to the windswept island and did a few seascapes during several plein air painting trips to Monhegan in the 1960’s. The small, rocky island ten miles from the nearest mainland is scarcely a square mile in area. It is accessible only by boat and is primarily a walking island. Since the 1800s, the island’s two primary economies are fishing and tourism. The name Monhegan comes from the Native American Maliseet language and means the out-to-sea island. The Monhegan Museum, displays Native American artifacts dating back thousands of years.
According to my friend artist Daniel Ambrose, “Richard’s painting captures the variety and complexity of the subtle warm and cool tones and textures in what at first appears to be a simple composition. He truly was a master.” “The Breakers, Isle of Monhegan, Maine” oil, 12” x 18”, 1964 (image above).
The third Schmid oil featured in my online show is titled, “White Begonias,” an arrangement of flowers that were Nancy’s gift to Richard in1990. His still life set-up, composed of white blossoms on a white table cloth, next to two white porcelain bowls complement the pink rose buds and delft blue colors. To my way of thinking, his oil is one of the finest examples of his mastery of color, composition, and oil paint.
Sadly, Richard passed away on April 18th at the age of 86. He was my dear friend for over twenty years and I feel privileged to represent his figures, still life, and landscape paintings since he invited me to become his Fine Art Representative and Executive Assistant in1998.
I’ve curated this virtual show to honor his legacy and his exceptional artwork. Richard Schmid was a true virtuoso, a friend and mentor, and a magnificent man…
Kristen Thies- Curating Fine Art Collections with Integrity Since 1998
Owner, West Wind Fine Art, Walpole, New Hampshire for more please visit: westwindfineart.com
For more information on the virtual worldwide tribute for Richard by his wife Nancy Guzik, please visit: https://www.richardschmidart.com
To read the superbly written article by Rochelle Belsito in the October 2021 of American Art Collector, please go over to: https://www.americanartcollector.com