Bill is a representational artist working in oil and pastel. He views figures, landscape, or still life as opportunities to explore the effects of light on form. Painting from life, he seeks to capture the feeling of a particular moment and place. He admires the work of Sargent, Zorn, Sorolla, Cecelia Beaux, Elizabeth Sparhawk Jones, Ilya Repin, and Nicolai Fechin as well as contemporary masters such as Richard Schmid and Dan Gerhartz.
Schneider initially studied art at the University of Illinois at Urbana. However, upon graduation he began a career in the music business (records on the Roulette, MGM, and Titanium labels). In the mid-1980's, he entered finance. Now he has returned to his first love, painting. Bill enrolled in evening classes at the School of the Art Institute in 1989 but grew disenchanted with the focus on non-objective art. A conversation with Dan Gerhartz led him to the American Academy of Art where he studied figure drawing for the next eight years. He has also studied with Scott Burdick, Harley Brown, Ramon Kelley, Cyrus Afsary, and others.
Some awards and special exhibitions include Oil Painters of American National Juried Exhibition 1997 through 2001. He was a finalist in the portrait category for The Artist's Magazine 2001 Art Competition. Bill is a member of the Northland Area Art League, The Community Arts Council of Crystal Lake, Oil Painters of America (Signature status in 1998), The Pastel Society of America, and the Portrait Society of America.
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