Without a doubt, Richard Schmid is one of America's greatest living artists. His contributions to the art world are VAST, not just for the breathtaking art that he has created over many years, but also for his strong influence on contemporary realists such as Nancy Guzik, Scott Burdick & Susan Lyon, Rose Frantzen, Jeremy Lipking, and Casey Baugh.
Richard Schmid no longer offers workshops, but thankfully, he recorded his lessons and philosophies in several books and DVDs. Today I met with several of my artist friends and we watched Schmid's DVD "June" together. I strongly recommend watching any of Schmid's videos or DVDs with your artist friends--it was so much fun to watch Schmid's masterful strokes with his splayed Langnickel brush (for foliage) and his palette knife (for his signature architectural precision). I imagine that a non-painter might find an instructional art dvd a little dull?...but there were 11 of us who hung on Schmid's every word and stroke. Next time we will watch "November"!