Gina Schmidt-McComas, a well traveled artist, was born in Costa Rica, lived in Sydney, Australia for eight years and now resides in Tempe, Arizona. A mother of five children, she has learned that to do something you really love, you have to make the time (even if it’s at five o’clock in the morning)!
Gina studied at Scottsdale Artist School with John Burton, Susan Diehl, Dan Robinson, Henry Stinson, Bill Lindquist, Joshua Fallik, and Ron Hicks. She has been juried into the “Best and Brightest” show at the school since 2004, winning the “People’s Choice” award in 2005 and again in 2007. Gina has also participated in the Beaux Arts Invitational, displaying for the “Fresh Paint” category in 2003, 2004, 2005, and as a professional artist in 2006 and 2007. Gina Schmidt-McComas won the Merit Award in the 2007 American Women Artists Show.
“I have always marveled at the beauty around me, in nature and even in the most ordinary thing. From the first time I picked up a brush, my enthusiasm has soared. I like to paint with bold, rich colors and juicy paint. My love for color and texture draws me to paint in oil. I love everything about oil: its creaminess, its versatility, its spontaneity, and its vibrancy.”
“My goal is to inspire others to pause, observe, think, and forget the cares of their life if only for a moment, for this is the way I feel when I paint. It is an exhilarating moment when heart, hand, and eye are one, to make a piece that moves the soul. I like to paint “alla prima”, to catch a fleeting moment in time where even the most ordinary things become extraordinary.”