Snow leopards, white tigers, elephants and lions; the earth, the moon, galaxies and nebulas—these are the subjects that leap off a Schimmel canvas and into the hearts of those who see his work. For over twenty years now, Schim Schimmel has been painting in a style uniquely his own, expressing on canvas his love and awe for this incredible planet, its animals, and the universe that brought them into being.
Schimmel knew early on that he wanted to be an artist, in part because his father was a well known watercolorist and art instructor. As a young child, Schim would sit and watch his father paint, fascinated by the creative process. By the time he was in his teens, he began taking formal lessons at his father’s art school in Phoenix, Arizona. Soon Schimmel began teaching classes of his own and continued teaching for over seven years, while at the same time developing his own artistic talents as a landscape painter.
From the mid-seventies to the mid-eighties Schimmel’s reputation as an artist continued to grow. As the years passed, however, he became more and more creatively restless. No longer satisfied to be just another landscape painter, Schim knew he wanted to use his art to send a powerful environmental message to others. This period of creative growth led to the style of painting he is known for today.
Schim and his wife, JoAnn, live in Arizona, U.S.