Growing up I received a strong foundation in the arts at The Ashtabula Arts Center, in Ashtabula, Ohio. I studied with George Olson during my college years at The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, but I didn’t continue with my painting. Four years ago I picked up my brushes again. In 2003 I was diagnosed with GIST (Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor Cancer) which I am still being treated for. In 2006 I lost a dear cousin to cancer. When I was at his hospital bedside, I couldn’t concentrate enough to read, so I picked up some paint brushes and started to paint. It was a wonderful release for my emotions. After such a long time away from painting, it was as if I had opened a vein and paint was running out instead of blood. I think some of my cousin’s zest for life got mixed into the paints and was somehow mysteriously transfered to my brush. I keep a picture of him in my studio – he looks over my shoulder and says either “not bad” or “fish bait!” He was a first rate fisherman off the Kona Coast of Hawaii. He “hooked me” into painting.
Recently I have studied watercolor with Judi Whitton and oil painting with Guildo Frick. I am a member of the Missouri Watercolor Society and the Springfield Regional Arts Council. You can find me on the SRAC’s Artist Registry.
Together with my husband, J. Michael Schneider, M.D. we have three children, Charles Schneider, Andrew Schneider, and Mrs. Jenny S. Coluccio.