Contemporary Painter and Printmaker Marti Schmidt combines ancient art forms with modern impressionism, adding textures, abstract shapes and silhouettes that evoke a highly distinctive style that is uniquely her own.
In the Northwest Florida coastal community of Point Washington near Seaside Florida, rich with talented artisans, is the home and art studio of impressionistic Printmaker-Artist Marti Schmidt.
Educated in Art, Printmaking and Fabric Design, with over 40 years of experience to become a master in her field, Marti Schmidt has a legacy of artistic and creative endeavors.
Her art and design studio, Marti Schmidt Designs, was created in 1980 and has grown to become a productive and successful art business with commissions from private and corporate clients. Her award-winning artwork is represented in some of the finest homes and galleries in the nation.
“I often approach my work with a specific idea or image in mind, but as the piece unfolds with each layer it begins to take on a life of it’s own… I have come to expect the unexpected, this is the most magical part of my creative journey. ”
The latest of her modern artwork with it’s exotic imagery and bold approach to color are influenced by her art sabbaticals to France and the many cultures and people from her travels around the world. Layers of intaglio etchings, wood block, Linocuts and other printmaking techniques are combined with fine papers and paint allowing unexpected textures and images to be exposed from beneath the surface. Each creation drawing the viewer deeper into her fine art prints and paintings leaving them with the feeling of having been to far away places.
In 1990 Marti Expanded her love of design from paper to fabric forming her hand printed textile line Islandreams Textiles islandreamstextiles.com with emphasis on limited edition, hand-printed textiles. It quickly developed into a complete commercial fabric line, sold in top showrooms in the country and used in hospitality and high-end residential projects here and abroad.
From Dancing Cranes with patina backgrounds to bejeweled forest creatures, Honey’s paintings are visual reminders to live a joyful, colorful, rich life. Honey began prolifically creating art in early childhood. After graduating with an art degree from Florida State University she painted birds and wildlife for Florida Fish and Wildlife, and continues today to use her art as a vehicle of wildlife protection, donating 10% of bird painting sales to Audubon. Her portfolio includes portraits, wildlifes, abstracts and a collection of French paintings completed during a 2013 summer in France.
Her work has become increasingly expressive, with an emphasis now on highly textured paintings, acrylic, oil and patinas. With influences such as Francesco Clemente and 1960’s vibrant patterns of Genaro de Carvalho, Honey continues to produce portraiture, which rich and expressive tones and visuals to represent the subject’s personality. She also has branched out into abstract works that are pure texture, color, form and energy. Honey lives in Tallahassee, Florida and works out of her private midtown studio.
Melissa has been practicing yoga for over 16 years and an instructor for 15 years. She first was trained at the Bija Ananda Yoga School in New Hampshire in 2001 receiving her RYT 200. Her interest in pursuing more advanced trainings led her to certifications in prenatal, restorative, Yin, Vinyasa yoga and ultimately to a 500 hour training with the Himalaya Institute. During this training she travelled with her instructors to India for immersion into not only the greater depths of the yogic experience but also into the Indian culture from which it has blossomed.
Yoga is more than just a physical practice for Melissa, it’s a practice of awareness. While for her and many of her students yoga begins as a physical challenge. Her goal is to encourage and facilitate a deeper awareness of the practitioner’s Authentic self through yoga. She has given the name “Satya” Yoga Studio to her studio in Plymouth, New Hampshire as it translates to “Truthfulness.” She hopes all that attend her classes will deepen their awareness and uncover their own truth both on and off the mat.