Rita Schwab

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Artist Bio

Rita Schwab was born in Heidelberg, Germany in 1952. Rita has always loved to paint and do things with her hands. She has a close connection to nature, is an avid gardener, and has raised 3 children as a single mother.
Graduated from High School in Heidelberg, Germany in 1971
Studied Art Education at the Heidelberg University
Immigrated to the United States through a Fulbright scholarship in 1973 Bachelor’s of Fine Art from the University of South Florida in Tampa 1977 Moved to Tallahassee, FL; work-study program at Florida State University Master’s Degree in Fiber Arts from FSU 1980
Self-employed studio artist since the 80s along with working for various art organizations as Assistant Art Director Lafayette Arts and Crafts in Tallahassee, FL
Adult Education and Adjunct at FSU Tallahassee, FL;
Workshop leader at Penland School of Fine Crafts, Burnsville, NC;
Workshop leader at Brookfield Craft Center, CT, Guilford Craft Center CT,
Sugar Maples Arts and Crafts Center, Maplecrest, NY (Catskill Mountain Foundation) Workshop leader at Englewood Art Center (Ringling College extension), Englewood, FL Workshop leader at The Arts Alliance of Lemon Bay. Englewood, FL
Workshop leader at The Open Studio, Englewood, FL
Workshop leader at Northport Arts and Crafts Center, Northport, FL, and more
Art classes from my own studio in person and recently online.
Private instructor to adults and children.
Today Rita’s art form is mixed-media abstract painting using acrylics, oils, enamels, resin finishes. Her specialty is a fresco texture as background with an inlay of nature found objects to integrate the real with the surreal.
Rita presently lives in Englewood, FL, and keeps a studio in the Catskills in the summer.
Rita shows her work locally, nationally, and internationally in galleries, museums, at juried fine art shows and art cooperatives.

Artist Statement

Abstract Painter, Art Teacher, Nature Lover

‘Space' has taken my attention and curiosity ever since I was a teenager, laying out in the grass on a clear night with friends pretending we are flying through space (which we actually are). As a painter and a dreamer, I have visualized many galaxies, stars, and planets and contemplated their orbits and speed with utmost wonder. Earth Sky News is one of my favorite websites that I subscribe to which announces the newest in astro-technology.
Space paintings are not my only form of artistic expression; I am favoring the abstract expressive arts, which I teach through the study of 20th-century painters.

One of the mediums I am known for is the art of fresco, a penetration of pigments into wet plaster. However, in our modern world acrylic painting has become my primary form of expression as it is less time-consuming and more cost-effective.

My paintings revolve around texture which I accomplish by adding nature found objects such as pine needles or sand and by underlayment of compounds. I often seal with an acrylic resin which gives the art a permanent endurance.

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