William Schneider

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William Schneider
Judge For: 8th Annual Competition Month #1 - April 2014

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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)

 His home is in Crystal Lake, IL with his wife Caren. See www.SchneiderArt.com for more information.


Magazine Publications:

  • Capturing Emotion, American Artist Magazine, February 2001
  • Art Values, Southwest Art Magazine, November 2003
  • It’s About Meaning, Art of the West Magazine, November 2004
  • International Showcase of Master Pastel Painters, International Artist Magazine, Oct. 2004
  • Master Portrait Artists’ Showcase, International Artist Magazine, February 2005
  • William A. Schneider, The Pastel Journal, February 2005
  • Start Your Collection, Southwest Art Magazine, April 2005
  • 2007Guidebook of Art, (Cover image) Art of the West Magazine 2007
  • The Eyes Have It, The Pastel Journal, January 2008
  • Painting the Mouth, American Artist Magazine, March 2008
  • The Studio of William Schneider, Art of the West Magazine, July 2009  
  • Competition Spotlight, The Artist’s Magazine, April 2010
  • Strategies to Organize the Elements of Your Paintings, Workshop Magazine, Fall 2010
  • The Good Guys – Masculine portraits from six talented artists, Southwest Art Magazine, January 2011
  • A Portrait Demonstration by William A. Schneider, OPA, PSA, International Artist Magazine, June / July 2012
  • Painting With Light, Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, September – October 2013