The owners of Palace by the Sea are also big fans of Western Art and many of these fine artists have also been our guests. This is the first installment in a series of profiles of some of the fine artists who have chosen to vacation at Palace by the Sea.
If you are unfamiliar with the term Western Art, here is a quick overview from Wikipedia:
Visual Art of the American West is sometimes referred to as “Western Art” by Americans. This relatively new category of art includes paintings, sculptures and sometimes Native American crafts. Initially, subjects included exploration of the western states and cowboy themes. Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell are two artists who captured the “Wild West” on canvas. Presently, the genre flourishes in variety and popularity within the United States. Many designers and decorators in the southwest include “Western Art” in homes and businesses.
Featured Artist: Bradley Schmehl.
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“I take pleasure in creating pictures that open a window on history, so that more people can share in the view. I would describe my work as ‘painterly realism’. I strive to capture the true nature of light and color, and I make little effort to disguise the brushstrokes. Even while rendering meticulous detail, I endeavor to paint boldly and deliberately.”
Bradley Schmehl is very thankful for the Lord’s gifts and blessings in his life. He first manifested a talent for creating pictures at a very early age. As a boy of five or six he drew a picture of some construction workers who had been laboring in the street in front of his parents’ house. His mother, noticing some of the figures in the picture were much smaller than the others, questioned her son about it. His response: “Those little men in my picture are farther away than the bigger ones.” She saw that Brad demonstrated an intuitive grasp of the Law of Diminution in perspective, just one of the concepts that would be clarified and developed in his subsequent training.
Born March 28, 1962, Brad graduated from Pennsylvania School of Art and Design, Marietta, Pennsylvania (now Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, Lancaster, Pennsylvania) in 1984. He is a Student Founder of that institution and also has taught there as an adjunct Instructor of Book Illustration from 1993-98. He continues to train himself in anatomy and the artistic disciplines and studies the works of his artistic heroes such as Howard Pyle, N.C. Wyeth, Norman Rockwell, Edouard DeTaille, Tom Lovell and many others. At various points in his professional sojourn, he has been an easel painter, a book illustrator, a theatrical scenic designer, a technical illustrator, and of late, even a real estate investor!
Along the way, Brad married his best friend, the former Rebecca Marie Buckley, in September 1987. She now serves as his business manager in addition to the many other roles she so capably fills. Brad and Becky appear together at gallery shows and are both actively involved in supporting battlefield preservation, historical and military organizations. Brad also has enjoyed Civil War reenacting whenever his busy schedule permitted. He enjoys horseback riding and throughout most of the decade of 2000-2010 he participated in Civil War events as a mounted officer. In, 2001, Brad worked alongside Robert Duvall, Bruce Boxleitner and Stephen Lang on the Ron Maxwell motion Picture “Gods and Generals”(released 2003) He can be seen portraying an officer on Stonewall Jackson’s staff.(In case one wants to search the film for him, he is the only one of Jackson’s staff officers riding a buckskin mare.)
Bradley’s artwork in the Military History genre continues to earn him a growing and enthusiastic following across the nation. His paintings and prints reside in numerous private, corporate and government collections such as:
-Booth Museum of Western Art in Cartersville, Georgia
-US Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania
-Delaware State Capitol, Dover, Delaware
-Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
-Silver Companies, Boca Raton, Florida
Bradley has been commissioned to paint class gift paintings for four different graduating classes of the US Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2013. as well as the class of 2004 of the Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth Kansas.(His work is featured in the book “Class Gift History, 1953-2013″, published by the US Army War College Foundation, Carlisle, PA.)
Bradley was commissioned in 2006 to paint a series of 13 large oils for the Silver companies, developers of the Celebrate Virginia complex in Fredericksburg, Virginia, a project that kept him busy until late 2008.
Bradley was commissioned by the Washington County Lincoln Society in Kentucky in 2008 to paint a depiction of the capture of Sarah Mitchell, an ancestor of Abraham Lincoln, for the Washington County Lincoln Museum.
In 2010, Brad was commissioned by Excelon Corporation (Three Mile Island) to do a painting that included all branches of the military for use as an “Honor Wall”(6′ x 26′)in the plant. The wall was a montage of imagines from all the military services as well as brass plaques featuring the name of each employee who served in the military.
Bradley’s automotive paintings were the subject of a 1984 article in the prestigious “Automobile Quarterly”(vol.27, no.2), and his military artwork has graced the covers of several Civil War and Military magazines.
Bradley’s work had focused almost exclusively on Civil War subjects between 1995 and 2009, although his style readily lends itself to an authoritative portrayal of virtually any historical subject or period. His personal artistic interests range from figure and portrait work to equestrian and landscape subjects. More recently, his scope has grown to include a variety of subjects including western Landscape, wildlife and Native American scenes. His Work is represented by Settler’s West Gallery, Tucson, Arizona; Altermann Galleries, Scottsdale, Arizona and Trailside Galleries, Jackson, Wyoming.
Please visit Palace by the Sea blog for many further installments featuring the work of our fine Western Artist guests.