TIM SCHMIDT: FINE ARTIST OF THE CENTRAL COAST
“Through my paintings, I’m trying to enable my viewers to experience the emotion I feel
when I’m standing there on the beach and watching those waves.”
Foamy Surf at Pismo Beach (oil and canvas)
Tim has always been drawn to the beauty and mystery of the coastal landscape of the Central California Coast. His enchantment with the ocean began in his senior year of high school when his family moved to Carmel from southern California in 1972, and has never stopped growing. Since then, Tim has produced hundreds of ocean works, from meticulously-rendered paintings of legendary golf courses such as Cypress Point, Pebble Beach, and the Olympic Club in San Francisco, to incredibly-detailed works of the surf of San Luis Obispo County. It’s here on the Central Coast that Tim and his talents have found a comfortable home.
Raised in an environment of painters and sculptors—his family is full of world-class professional artists—Tim’s father exposed him to the fundamentals of art at an early age. However, his passion for realism and detail quickly drew him away from conventional teachings into his own path, self-taught style of unique artistry.
15th Tee at Cypress Point Golf Club, Pebble Beach (oil and canvas)
Relentless attention to detail brings life and emotion to Tim’s work, creating powerfully-nostalgic impressions in the minds of observers. His paintings are indeed the oil-and-canvas incarnations of the visions of wistful vacationers and enthralled residents alike.
Drawn by compulsion to the most intricate details, Tim is captivated by the waves—their movement, unpredictability, and power—his goal being to draw his viewers into the scene, there on the shore where the surf and the foam roll hypnotically on. “Through my paintings,” he says, “I’m trying to enable my viewers to experience the emotion I feel when I’m standing there on the beach and watching those waves. It really is an incredible experience that I just never get enough of.”