Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist: Richard Schmid

This is the second in a series of portraits called Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist. Check out the intro post The Self-Taught Myth to read more about it.


I recently started talking to a fellow painter about Richard Schmid, and was surprised to find they had never heard of him. I had started to think he was somehow known to all painters, but I realise there has to be a first time you heard of anyone, and I started trying to remember when I had first come across him.

Turns out it was actually when I was studying with Jon Hardesty in 2011/2012. As I mentioned, he had me create a series of colour charts, and he mentioned that this was an exercise recommended by Richard Schmid in his book Alla Prima: Everything I Know About Painting. Needless to say, it wasn’t long before I purchased a copy, and fell in love with the work of Richard Schmid.

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