William Schneider

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William Schneider

United States

William A. Schneider’s work has evolved since he finished his studies at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. He pursued the Academy’s Saturday Program for eight years while still working full time. His life drawing instructor was the legendary Bill Parks, and his painting teacher was Ted Smuskiewicz.  Workshops with Carolyn Anderson, Dan Gerhartz, Harley Brown, and Richard Schmid among others solidified his understanding of the basics. But he credits the many hours he spent studying and copying masterworks by Nicolai Fechin with loosening up his brushwork and approach to edges.


He also describes four days of intense analysis of the works of J.W. Waterhouse at the Musee des Beaux-arts in Montreal as an epiphany in his understanding of composition. William commented, “The wonderful thing about art is that you can always get better. I view myself as a perpetual student!”


William has been named “Master Signature Member” by The American Impressionist Society (AIS), The Chicago Pastel Painters, National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS), Oil Painters of America (OPA), and the Pastel Society of America (PSA).  He has also been named to the Masters’ Circle and designated an Eminent Pastelist by the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS).


His work has won top awards in competitions sponsored by organizations such as OPA, AIS, IAPS, NOAPS, and The Portrait Society, and has been featured in over 30 articles in virtually every major art publication. His instructional videos are distributed by Liliedahl Video Productions (Now Paint Tube TV). He is represented by Illume Gallery in Utah and Illume West in Montana; McBride Gallery, Annapolis, MD; New Masters Gallery, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA; Reinert Fine Art, Charleston, SC; and Rivers’ End Gallery, Waukesha, WI.


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