Being a new parent has heightened my senses and clarified my desire to express joy, wonder, and a contented unknowing about life. As my daughter changes every day this has reinforced my understanding that, like the making and experiencing of a painting, life itself is never static, but constantly in motion, continually changing and altering us as people and the way that we perceive the world. I am interested in mark-making, visual perception, and the actual physicality of painting. As a part of my creative process, I allow each work to drive and dictate my use of marks made on the surface.
Through this process I am interested in exploring the energetic and emotive qualities that become present. Dashes of paint, gestural strokes and rhythmic marks are evidence of energy, time and human touch. Every mark reveals an active search and personal dialogue being shaped. It is here that I personally seek to collapse, suspend, and momentarily render the passing of time into a visual poetry that can be experienced and reflected upon infinitely. These paintings are not referencing particular places or spaces necessarily, but rather the feelings of touch, love, and wonder that I experience as the result of being a parent, wife, artist, friend, and humble observer of the world. Through abstraction, I afford my viewers with the power to construct their own meaning and unearth their own discoveries from each image.
Cameron Schmitz earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting & Drawing from the University of New Hampshire, in addition to studying Art and Art History at Studio Arts Centers International in Florence, Italy.
Following a month-long artist residency at the Vermont Studio Center in 2006, Schmitz moved to Vermont after meeting her now husband, also an educator. Schmitz now resides with her family in Bernardston, MA. Her work has been featured at Fitchburg Art Museum's biannual exhibition, New England/New Talent, Green Mountain College, Kyoto Seika University, Emory University, Northern Arizona University Art Museum, Metro Gallery in Burlington, VT and Rogue Space in New York, NY. Schmitz is currently represented by Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery in Shelburne, VT and The Drawing Room Gallery in Cos Cob, CT, where she is also the Gallery Curator & Exhibitions Coordinator. In addition, she is a painting instructor, and faculty member at the River Gallery School in Brattleboro, VT.