Richard Schmid does not accept portrait commissions, therefore I was doubly thrilled when he invited me to Vermont so he could paint my portrait. Laurie and I drove about five hours from our summer location in the Adirondacks and arrived just in time for dinner with Richard and Nancy (Guzik). The following morning I reported in at 8 and was surprized to see that not only Richard would be painting me, his entire Putney Painter's group would also paint me that day.
The atmosphere at the Vermont Art Association barn was laid back, Richard was his typical jovial self, and we set out on an adventure I'll not soon forget. With breaks every half hour or so, a bit of chatter among painters, a few jokes and groaners, a lunch break amid the smell of linceed oil and suddenly the day was over. Suddenly there were about twelve new portraits.