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Gerd Schmidt's avatar Gerd Schmidt

I was born in the village of Soemmerda, East Germany, where Russian ideology –particularly the denouncement of religion and individuality—dominated the status quo. At the age of 23, I entered the military to fulfill my country’s mandatory service requirements, and then spent the following six years in technical college earning degrees in tool making and construction. After working for a decade as a technician, my employer transferred me to the United States - a move that changed my life and made me into the artist I am today. This relocation gave me a new perspective, allowing me to harness a spirituality and creativity I had never before recognized. And so, despite lacking formal artistic training, I turned to painting as a way of expressing this new-found romanticism and attempted to capture nature’s beauty as I saw it. This piece, "Simplicity", is the culmination of my journey toward self-discovery and beauty.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1.5 inches
  • Medium: Mixed Media on Canvas
  • Width: 36 inches
  • Year created: 2018
  • Height: 60 inches