Kate in Lace by Roger Schmidt

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Roger Schmidt

Kate in Lace


81.28 x 66.04 cm | 32 x 26 in

Charcoal and chalk on prepared panel

Exhibiting at the MEAM

Exhibiting at Salmagundi

This work is on loan from a private collection.

“As a person who has spent most of his adult life creating music and playing the guitar, I naturally employ the same sort of thought processes when working on my drawings and paintings.  I particularly enjoy drawing with charcoal.  In the same way a music composer can put down some notes, listen and decide what is worth keeping, so it can be with this medium. Nothing needs to be final as you create and build up your composition as a whole. I work on aluminum panels that I prime with a mixture of neutral grey gesso and pumice stone. This provides me with a very rigid and textured surface which can hold a lot of medium. I like to be able to really push the charcoal into the fine pores and leave nothing too loose or chalky on the finished surface. The end result is a well fixed drawing on a very stable substrate. I tend to keep my narrative as simple as possible.  Like many artists, I am compelled by beauty and especially how light can reveal it. While technical merit and practiced skill is very important to me, my main hope is to achieve work that is captivating. For Kate in Lace, I wanted to do a drawing that would be intimate and have a sense of timelessness.  Kate’s natural beauty, the traditional lace and pearls placed in chiaroscuro lighting, sets the stage for her gaze towards the viewer.” - Roger Schmidt