2017 Western Regional Exhibition

2016 Western Exhibition in Scottsdale, AZ

Juror of Awards: William A. Schneider OPA


William A. Schneider OPA

William A. Schneider paints primarily from life, he seeks to capture the emotion 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 Bill 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 among 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.

Bill was awarded signature status in Oil Painters of America (OPA). In addition the Pastel Society of America has recognized him as a "Master Pastelist," IAPS (The International Association of Pastel Societies) has named him to the Masters' Circle and AIS made him a Master Signature Member (AISM). His home is in Crystal Lake, IL with his wife Caren.