Reckless Abandon
24 x 18 in., pastel
Available at Illume Gallery of Fine Art 801.210.2853

William A. Schneider’s work has evolved since he finished his studies at the American Academy of Art. Workshops with Carolyn Anderson, Dan Gerhartz, Scott Burdick, Harley Brown, Scott Christensen, Huihan Liu, David Leffel, and Richard Schmid among others solidified his understanding of the basics. But he credits the many hours he spent studying and copying masterworks by Nicolai Fechin with loosening up his brushwork and approach to edges.

He also describes four days of intense study and analysis at an exhibit of the works of J.W. Waterhouse in Montreal as an “epiphany” in his understanding of composition.
William commented, “The wonderful thing about art is that you can always get better. I view myself as a perpetual student!”

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).

Please see for workshops and blog

Videos (Liliedahl Video Productions)
Design Secrets of the Masters, The Key to a Successful Painting
Nicolai Fechin’s Painting Secrets with William A. Schneider
Pastel Painting Secrets with William A Schneider

Gallery Representation
Total Arts, Taos, NM (575) 758-4667
New Masters Gallery, Carmel, CA (831) 625-1411
The Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Cincinnati, OH (513) 791-7717
Reinert Fine Art, Charleston, SC 29401, (843) 694-2445 and Blowing Rock, NC (828) 414-9580
Illume Gallery of Fine Art, St. George, UT (801) 210-2853

Magazine Publications:
Capturing Emotion, American Artist Magazine, February 2001
Art Values, Southwest Art Magazine, November 2003
It’s About Meaning, Art of the West Magazine, November 2004
International Showcase of Master Pastel Painters, International Artist Magazine, Oct. 2004
Master Portrait Artists’ Showcase, International Artist Magazine, February 2005
William A. Schneider, The Pastel Journal, February 2005
Start Your Collection, Southwest Art Magazine, April 2005
Self-Portraits: Journey Through The Looking Glass, Art-Talk Magazine April 2005
2007 Guidebook of Art, (Cover image) Art of the West Magazine 2007
The Eyes Have It, The Pastel Journal, January 2008
Painting the Mouth, American Artist Magazine, March 2008
The Studio of William Schneider, Art of the West Magazine, July 2009
Competition Spotlight, The Artist’s Magazine, April 2010
Strategies to Organize the Elements of Your Paintings, Workshop Magazine, Fall 2010
The Good Guys – Masculine portraits from six talented artists, Southwest Art Magazine, January 2011
A Portrait Demonstration by William A. Schneider, OPA, PSA, International Artist Magazine, June / July 2012
Painting With Light, Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, September/October 2013
Brushing Up, The Artist’s Magazine, June 2014
Capturing Emotions, International Artist Magazine, June-July 2015
To Blend or not to Blend, The Pastel Journal, Oct 2017

Recent Awards
Portrait Society of America “Members Only Show ” – (1st Place)
Art Renewal Center (ARC) Competition – (Top 100)
Portrait Society of America 6th Annual Portrait Competition, (Certificate Award)
Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibition, Richland TN – (1st Place –Signature Artists)
The Artists Magazine 27th Annual Art Competition – (Finalist in Portrait / Figure Category)
Pastel Society of America 38th Annual Pastels Only – (Salmagundi Award)
Oil Painters of America 20th Annual National Juried Exhibition – (Presidents’ Award)
Oil Painters of America Online Competition 2012 – (2nd Place Signature Division)
27th Annual Bosque Art Classic – (John Steven Jones Purchase Award)
Pastel Society of America 40th Annual National Competition – (Holbein Award)
Pastel Society of New Hampshire National Juried Show – (Best of Show)
AANC National Juried Show – (1st Place)
Emerald Art Center National Juried Show – (Gold Medal)
Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional 2013 – (McBride Gallery Award of Excellence)
International Association of Pastel Societies National Juried Exhibition – (Prix de Pastel [Best of Show])
Pastel Society of New Hampshire National Juried Show – (Best of Show)
18th Annual Heartland National Exhibition – (Best of Show)
15th International Juried Exhibition “For Pastels Only” – (Best of Show)
20th Annual Regional Juried Exhibition, Artists of Northwest Arkansas – (Best of Show)
International Association of Pastel Societies Juried Web Show – (Bronze Award)
Old Post Office Museum and Art Center – (OPOMAC Award [First Place])
International Association of Pastel Societies 4th Master Circle Exhibition – (Honorable Mention)
Mile High National Juried Exhibition – (First Place)
Arizona Pastel Society – (Best of Show)
Bold Brush Competition – (Outstanding Pastel)
Plein Air Salon – (Best Painting by an Artist Over 65)
ARC 2018 – Finalist
Plein Air Salon – (Best Pastel)
NOAPS Online 2018 (Best People)
OPA Eastern Regional 2017 – (Award of Excellence)