My art has always been defined by my love of drawing and my focus is the art of portraiture. Knowledge of traditional drawing principles and acquiring the skills to draw well has been a lifelong pursuit. To me all the formal elements of art — line, value, shape, form, space and composition—come together in a unique way in Portraiture.
In my portraits, my goal is to create an image that captures the subject’s likeness and presence, while also expressing something of myself. It is not a photographic likeness I am pursuing, rather an essential accuracy or likeness achieved through knowledge of traditional drawing principles and canons of the head.
Andrea K Schneider is from St Louis where she graduated with a Fine Arts degree from Maryville College of the Sacred Heart. Her professional career includes graphic art design and production. She has taught drawing to children and adults at area art associations. After thirteen years teaching in the elementary school classroom, Andrea is pursuing formal study and portraiture.
In January 2020, “Portraits of Life in Secret Places” was exhibited at The Gallery at the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture in New York. This solo exhibit was a collection of drawings celebrating the sanctity of life.
In 2018, a mentorship from the Cecelia Beaux Forum of the Portrait Society of America provided the opportunity to produce a collection of works, “Portraits of Faith: Telling Their Story”. These portraits of refugees who fled their home because of persecution for their faith was exhibited at the 20th Anniversary Symposium of the International Religious Freedom Act” held in New York. These portraits would go on to be featured in the book “International Religious Freedom: The Rise of Global Intolerance.” The collection was the subject of a feature on “Aleteia,” an online global website publication distributed in eight languages with more than 600,000 subscribers.
Bridgewater, NJ. February-March 2018. This included a “Meet and Greet” with residents and a portrait demonstration with their CEO.
This exhibit of 41 works included the twelve “Portraits of Faith” as a separate collection.
“In recognition of religious freedom as a foreign policy of the United Stated. And to advocate on behalf of the individuals viewed as persecuted in foreign countries on the account of religion.”