Art reception Tuesday in Gardnerville |

Art reception Tuesday in Gardnerville

Jonni Hill

Jonni Hill / The Record-Courier / Robert Schimmel shows his watercolor "Lakeshore Interlude" and other paintings that will be part of his March display.

Robert Schimmel, not unlike the famous three generations of Wyeths, world-famous illustrators, grew up around art with a nationally recognized father, noted for his watercolor art as well as a teacher of the arts. It seemed only natural for Schimmel to follow in his father’s footsteps.

Born in Tucson, Ariz., in 1948, Schimmel received a bachelor of science degree in mathematics and a master’s in business administration from the University of Arizona. Wanting to appreciate the beauty of nature as well as allowing his interests in art and self-expression to merge, he purchased a second home in South Lake Tahoe.

It was during this time that Schimmel studied under his father and discovered his own talent and love for teaching, especially in the area of landscape and on-location painting. He gathered as much free time as possible for drawing, painting, studying and traveling the world.

Watercolor, acrylic, mixed media, ink, graphite and charcoal are Schimmel’s primary medias of choice to finished work. Sketching in any media, but especially black and white, is ultimately his favorite process due to its immediacy, energy and honesty that he feels is seldom translated successfully into finished art. Keeping sketchbooks throughout his life and travels has been his source of inspiration.

Getting married and starting a family in 1986 caused Schimmel to put his art career on hold, but he remained very involved in the arts. He was co-founder of Arts Vision Lake Tahoe and the Tahoe Regional Arts Coalition and added a full-time gallery art sales job in 1992, where he spent 10 years learning about the retail side of art marketing.

In 2002 Schimmel renewed his desire to produce works of art. He quit his gallery job and recommitted himself to being a full-time artist and part-time fine art sales and staff development consultant.

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His current works include landscapes done in pure realism, sensual-surreal figurative images and sports, and portrait commissions. His work may be viewed on his Web site at

Schimmel will be the featured artist at Artistic Viewpoints for the month of March. Meet the artist and view his work at an artist reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Artistic Viewpoints, 1368 Highway 395 Suite B, Gardnerville. For more information call (775) 783-0633.