Richard Schmid's earliest artistic influence came from his maternal grandfather, Julian Oates, an architectural sculptor. Richard's initial studies in landscape painting, figure drawing, and anatomy began at the age of twelve and continued into classical techniques under William H. Mosby at the American Academy of Art of Art in Chicago. Throughout the second-half of the Twentieth Century when representational art was out of vogue, Schmid kept alive the knowledge he received from Mosby and from Mosby’s circle of luminaries that included Sargent, Monet, and Degas. Mosby, a graduate of the Belgian Royal Academy in Brussels and the Superior Institute in Antwerp, was a technical expert on European and American realism. Studies with him involved working exclusively from life, at first using the conceptual and technical methods of the Flemish, Dutch, and Spanish masters, and eventually all of the late 19th-century European and American painters. The emphasis in each period was on Alla Prima, or Direct Painting systems of the various periods. However, Richard's individual style and the content of his work developed along personal lines. A gifted teacher himself, Schmid has generously shared this knowledge through his books and through his mentoring of young artists. Richard Schmid is widely viewed as an American Master by his collectors and peers and students.
At ceremonies hosted by the American Society of Portrait Artists in the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2000, Richard Schmid received the John Singer Sargent Medal for Lifetime Achievement. Richard Ormond, Sargent's grandnephew, presented the award. In May 2005, Schmid received the prestigious gold-medal award from The Portrait Society of America at their annual conference held in Washington, DC. Additional awards include the Medal of Honor from the prestigious Salmagundi Club of New York City, the $100,000 National Arts for the Parks award, American Watercolor Gold Medal, as well as the receipt of an honorary doctorate degree from the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in Old Lyme, CT.
Richard Schmid is the author of Alla Prima, Everything I know about Painting, an art instruction book first published in 1998 by Stove Prairie Press, LLC. Stove Prairie Press, LLC is Richard Schmid's independent publishing company which he started for the purpose of publishing Alla Prima. Other publications produced by Richard Schmid through Stove Prairie Press, LLC include "The Landscapes", "2003 Retrospective", "Guzik" and "Richard and Me" written By Dr. Roger Lacy. Richard Schmid has also produced nine videos, currently released as DVDs, five of which feature his personal art instruction in the areas of landscape painting and portrait painting. Throughout his career, Richard Schmid has promoted art education through his books, articles, workshops, seminars, and television presentations. He travels widely in the Western Hemisphere for his subjects, and currently lives in New Hampshire with his wife, Nancy Guzik.