The Artist was raised in Tucson, Arizona and lived in the Kansas city, MO area with her husband Gary and son Mike. She and Gary currently reside in Sarasota, Florida.
Schmidt is a signature member of American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, The Watercolor Honor Society, Rocky Mountain Watermedia Society and 12 others.
Awards, selected from over 70 local to international awards:
Pennslyvania Watercolor Society 2011, First Place
National Watercolor Society 2010, Hilford Award for Abstract Painting
National Watercolor Society All Members 2008, Ejnar Hansen Award
Artist’s Magazine contest 2006, Third Place Experimental, 2012 Honorable Mention
In the early 80’s Schmidt was recruited from art school by Hallmark Cards. She worked as an illustrator and design coordinator for books and bookmarks before moving to Florida.
Feature article in the Artist’s Magazine April 06 issue
“Ones to Watch” article Dec 06 issue of Watercolor Magic
Competition Spotlight: The Artist’s Magazine Sept. 2011 issue
The year’s 36 Best Watermedia Paintings: The Artist’s Magazine Feb 2012 issue
Schmidt sent herself to art school at age 33, was ranked #1 in her class and recruited by Hallmark Cards. She also studied sculpture, fine art and art history at the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL, commercial and fine art at community colleges, and workshops.