I developed an interest in drawing at an early age.  As a youngster, our neighbor was Grace Spaulding John and she  included me for in-house drawing sessions with her grandchildren.  I am thankful for MFAH instructor Yvon Parker who helped me learn to see.  Personal time spent in the studio of John P. Cowan was very illuminating.  I received drawing foundation training at Glassell School of Art – MFAH – Houston, Texas. Drawing occupied my artistic endeavors for many years. I visited a Winslow Homer exhibit and became entranced with the possibilities of paint

Images are generally studies of dusk, dawn, moonlight, vaporous weather conditions and phenomena related to land and sea. Of particular interest are strong contrasts and subdued color. Painting style is influenced by the American Tonalists, Hague and Barbizon painters of 19th and 20th c.  Eaton, Inness, Murphy, Mauve and Wyant come to mind as well as many others who possessed the vision and skill to capture ethereal light.

The medium is classical oil on prepared canvas or linen.

I have spent a lifetime outdoors, particularly in the Coastal Bend area of Texas. The paintings are developed from regional life scenarios through photography and on-site plein air.

Ultimately, I want the painting to emanate light, inviting the viewer into unknown and mysterious places.



The oil paintings of Tim Schneider are romantic studies of time and light. Schneider’s landscapes are the work of a mature artist who is captivated by light and how it gives form and movement to clouds and trees.

For Schneider, the light in his paintings is almost always about to change. He seeks the alchemy of that light change at sundown or sunrise or when weather approaches. He catches that moment and gives it back – a testament to its magic and energy.

E. Lanier