Karen M Schmidt

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Industry Arts
Occupation Artist
Location Louisiana
Introduction I’m an artist living in the farm country of north Louisiana, along with my husband, our four cats and five dogs. I love to paint everything (including the walls in our house) and find constant inspiration in my daily life: dogs, cats, cows, horses, trees, fields, ponds and bayous, morning light, afternoon light ... you get the idea. My work is greatly inspired by the style of America’s Golden Age of Illustration, particularly the work of Howard Pyle, N. C. Wyeth, Maxfield Parrish, Jessie Wilcox Smith, Elizabeth Shippen Green and others. I’ve been painting my whole life, and I have sold my work to patrons all over the USA, Canada, the UK and Europe. As a follower of Christ, and with God’s help, my daily goal is to live every aspect of my life to the glory of God, from the most mundane and necessary of chores to the work I enjoy the best, ever grateful to be able to share whatever gifts I most graciously have been given.
Interests painting, painting, painting, reading, old houses, fresh coffee with French vanilla creamer, music, gardens, dogs & cats, and oh yeah more painting
Favorite Music My husband just making stuff up on the acoustic guitar, celtic, folk, bluegrass
Favorite Books Bible (above all others), The Art Spirit by Robert Henri, Mind of the Maker by Dorothy L. Sayers, anything by Richard Foster (especially The Freedom of Simplicity), any C.S. Lewis (esp The Screwtape Letters), any Agatha Christie (or any traditional English cozy mystery), any Anita Brookner, any Carson McCullers, The Hiding Place, any Dean Koontz, The Martian Chronicles, The Secret Garden, What Is the Name of This Book? by Raymond Smullyan, Fox in Socks, Tuesday by David Wiesner, Parallel Universes (cartoons by Roz Chast), any Calvin & Hobbes or Shoe or B.C. collection

You have to dig a hole to China. Where do you start?

The dogs have already made a really good start in several places in our back yard ... I'd choose one of those.