Drawing has always been my first love. I love the feeling when the drawing media in my hand contacts the texture of the drawing surface. 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 that I love--line, value, shape, form, space and composition--all 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 revealing something of myself. It is not a photographic likeness I'm pursuing, rather an essential accuracy or likeness achieved through knowledge of traditional drawing principles and canons of the head.
I am inspired by the Portrait images by Renaissance Masters Leonardo da Vinci and Andrea del Sarto; Degas and John Singer Sargent inspire me; as well as modern masters like Susan Lyon and Anthony Ryder. Their portrait images surpass the boundaries of traditional drawing processes and technique. Along with human portraiture, is a love of drawing animal heads. My dogs are a constant inspiration to me. Portraits capture likeness, emotion and a sense of presence which I find that challenging and fascinating.
Andrea K Schneider is from St Louis where she graduated with a Fine Arts degree from Maryville College. Her professional career includes graphic art design and production. She has taught drawing to children and adults at area art associations. In 2014 Andrea concluded twelve years of teaching art in the elementary school classroom. She is enjoying formal study again and pursuing her love of portraiture.
I was honored to receive the 2018 mentorship from the Portrait Society of America’s Cecilia Beaux Forum. This program pairs professional artists as mentors with mentees who collaborate over a ten-month period. My mentorship project was “Portraits of Faith.” My aim for this project has been to bring greater awareness to the plight of persecuted Christians in the Middle East, namely people from the countries of the first Christian origins, who’s lives and 5,000-year cultural and religious heritage have been under siege. I drew many of the portraits after personally meeting with refugees who fled their country because of religious persecution..
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.”