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Schimmel offers help to developing artists

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Robert Schimmel's painting of Emerald Bay is among his Portals - Beyond the Picture Plane collection that will be on exhibit this weekend at Art for the Home Gallery.

Artists’ lives are full like everyone’s, plus they have a passion to create unique imagery.

“I’m here to tell you that passion can become a burden if the artist is not smart in the art of managing time, money and resources. Sounds like work to me, or, even worse, a business. So, if you have lots of money, don’t need to organize or have help with improving your art or its availability to the consumer, then you are already fulfilling a hassle-free dream, and I congratulate you,” said longtime local artist Robert Schimmel.

However, if you do find yourself unable to get to your artwork, solve a compositional problem in one of your pieces (2D or 3D), organize your files and document your work, decide what direction you should take to reach certain goals or any of a hundred different challenges, consider carefully how you want to spend your precious time and money.

Most artists have a tendency to be independent and frugal to a point of not “working smart.” Delegation of duties to those who do them well and doing well what you do best (and want or love to do) is the key to saving money, reducing frustration, and reaching your goals in the most efficient manner possible. And don’t forget persistence, a must for success in any long term endeavor.

“Why involve another artist like me? Because I’m in the thick of it like you. I’ve spent 30 years developing an art career around jobs, family, and frustration and believe I can help you avoid many of the potholes in your journey. My background includes teaching academically and privately; conducting workshops; 12 years of gallery art sales and management; hiring and training sales staff for galleries; fine art consulting; critiquing and judging art shows; arts politics and nonprofits; fine art gallery shows, commissions, and awards; world travel and plein air painting; outdoor shows; Web site and fine art print experience; artwork pricing and portfolio presentation. I believe my greatest attribute for the developing artist (professional or not) is listening.

“I know there is not just one answer for all of us, that each of us has a unique path to find and follow. My mission statement is: To clarify and simplify the artist’s path through consultation, critiquing, and coaching to the end that quality art production will prevail and one’s own vision of success will be reached.”

To contact Schimmel, e-mail him at or call his studio at (530) 542-2414. Initial phone consultations are free along with some “homework.”

To view his latest works, including Portals – Beyond the Picture Plane, visit Schimmel at his current gallery opening reception at Art for the Home Gallery at Sky Run Marina from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 10 or at the second reception from noon to 4 p.m., Aug. 12.

“As I distill and refine my subject matter from that first inspirational (and often visually overwhelming) encounter, I’m generally led toward mysterious and/or hidden qualities. It occurred to me in this process that altering the viewer’s perception of the picture plane would create a desire and/or need to look more closely at what might otherwise be ignored or simply missed due to assumptions made when looking at landscapes in particular.

“Since life and relationships generally involve more than is apparent to even the most introspective and observant individual, I look for those elements that create a desire to ‘see’ beyond the immediately visible. This is how and why my Portals Collection developed,” Schimmel said.

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