William A. Schneider is a full time professional American painter working in oil and pastel. He views figures, landscape or still life as opportunities to explore the effects of light on form. Painting from life, he seeks to capture the emotion of a particular moment and place. Sargent, Zorn, Repin, Fechin and Sorolla have been influences. His work has received awards in exhibitions including those of: Academic Artists,
The Degas Pastel Society, Oil Painters of America, The Pastel Society of America, Pastel Society of the West Coast, Portrait Society of America, and Salon International. He is a member of Oil Painters of America, Plein Air Painters of Chicago, The National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society, The Pastel Society of America, The Palette and Chisel Academy, and the Portrait Society of America. He has served on the board of OPA for nine years. Bill was awarded signature status in OPA in 1998, American Plains Artists in 2004, NOAPS in 2005 and the Pastel Society of America in 2007. His home is in Crystal Lake, IL with his wife Caren. William initially studied art at the University of Illinois at Urbana. However, upon graduation he began a career in the music business records on the Roulette and MGM labels. In the mid ‘80s, he entered finance (co-owner of an investment consulting firm, DiMeo Schneider and Associates). In 1990 he returned to his first love, painting. His skills were honed at the American Academy of Art in Chicago where he studied figure drawing with William Parks and oil painting with Ted Smuskiewicz. He continued his education through workshops with Carolyn Anderson, Dan Gerhartz, Scott Burdick, Harley Brown, Scott Christensen, Huihan Liu, David Leffel and Richard Schmid. William has been featured in Art of the West, Southwest Art, American Artist, International Artist, The Pastel Journal, and Workshop Magazines. In addition his paintings have appeared in numerous books including: The Art of Oil Painting, Pastel II, How did you paint that? 100 ways to paint Landscapes, Oil Landscapes, Pure Color: The Best of Pastel and 100 ways to paint People and Figures.