CARL SCHAAD 1946 - 2011
I paint because of an inner need to create something beautiful…paintings that will move the viewer in the same way I am moved by what I see and the process of recreating.”
As a painter, Schaad had an intuitive sense of color and insisted upon a subtle palette. He favored realism and a classical approach leaning toward American Impressionism. His process varied with each painting beginning with the initial “lay-in”, then paying close attention to local color, value, shape and edges. As the painting developed he preferred a more painterly, looser application of paint. He was most influenced by Velazquez for economy and dignity; American painter William Merritt Chase for design and color balance; and French artist Berthe Morisot for subtle color and delicate marks.
Schaad had an unusual career for an artist. He began seriously painting in his 30’s but also worked in the corporate world running several healthcare companies. Later he became a partner and director at Heidrick & Struggles, a global executive search firm. Throughout his business career, Schaad continued his art studies at The Museum School of Boston, The Art Guild of Boston and the Ingbretson Atelier. He studied with Robert Cormier, William Bartlett, mentor/friend William Ternes, Joseph McGurl and Mary Minifie.
When he was 55 in 2001, he left the corporate world to paint full time. Finally able to follow his passion, he was sculpting beautiful images with paint. He was represented by The Wally Findlay Gallery, in NYC, Chicago and Palm Beach; J. Todd Gallery in Wellesley; and The Christina Gallery on Martha’s Vineyard.
Sadly, he was able to live his dream for only three years until a serious bike accident and discovery of cancer brought health challenges that sapped energy and hampered his creative output. He continued to paint when able and some of his best work came during a 2009 trip to his beloved Tuscany and Lake Como - Il Soggiorno in Italia. Schaad passed away from neuroendocrine cancer in 2011.
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