Art, painting, isn't just a big part of my life, after my family, art is my life. When I started painting some 20 years ago, it was clear that this was what I was meant do with my life.
In my daily work I strive to make every painting better than the one before. Every blank canvas is a potential masterpiece. I'm often joined in my studio by my assistants; Jack T Beagle, and Fred G Zilla (my watch gecko).
My work hangs in private collections throughout the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean.
Since 2001 I've concentrated primarily on abstract expressionism, utilizing oil, acrylic and sometimes gouache. I like to paint in bright colors, which tend to give my work a joyful quality. Occasionally, though, I will take a walk on the dark side, if I have something to say.
My primary artistic influences are Michelangelo, Pierre-August Renoir, Henri Matisse, Jackson Pollack, Joan Miro, Joan Mitchell, and Marc Rothko.
I received my formal training at The University of Alaska, Juneau, under George Parker.
I was born in 1950 in Toledo, Ohio.
In 1981 I moved to Juneau, Alaska, where I spent the next 15 years.
In 1996 I moved to the Tampa, Florida area. I've also lived in Christchurch, Barbados, and in London, U.K.
Rod Schneider joined Fine Art America on May 9th, 2009.