William A. Schneider paints primarily from life, he seeks to capture the essence of a particular moment and place. Sargent, Zorn, Fechin, and Sorolla have been influences.
After careers in music and finance he returned to his first love, painting in 1990. His skills were honed during eight years at the American Academy of Art’s Saturday Program in Chicago where he studied figure drawing with William Parks. He continued his education through workshops with Carolyn Anderson, Dan Gerhartz, Harley Brown, Richard Schmid and others. William commented, “The wonderful thing about art is that you can always get better. I view myself as a perpetual student!”
William has been featured in numerous publications and has received awards in exhibitions including those of: American Impressionist Society, Oil Painters of America, The Pastel Society of America, Portrait Society of America, and Salon International. He is represented by galleries in Carmel, CA; Napa Valley; Door County WI; and Waukesha WI.
William teaches workshops at some of the premier art schools including the Scottsdale Artists’ School, Fredericksburg Artists’ School, and Peninsula Art School. His four instructional DVDs are distributed by Liliedahl Video Productions.
Bill was awarded signature status in Oil Painters of America (OPA), NOAPS, the Pastel Society of America, and the American Impressionist Society. The Pastel Society of America has recognized him as a "Master Pastelist" and AIS made him a Master Signature Member (AISM).