About the Artist

Fred Schollmeyer has been painting professionally since 1989. He holds a degree in Art Education from Lincoln University in Jefferson City and has studied art at the University of Missouri in Columbia. He recently retired from teaching Elementary and Middle School art after thirty years. Fred has received numerous awards including “Best of Show,” People’s Choice Awards” and “Purchase Awards.” His work has been featured in the “Top 50” juried exhibition at the Missouri State Fair. Airbrush Action magazine published his work in its April 1997 issue and again in the July/August 2013 issue. In 2004 he became a “Signature Member’ of the Missouri Watercolor Society. From 2008 through 2012 his work has been featured in the prestigious Watercolor USA Exhibit in Springfield, Missouri. In 2008 he became a member of the Watercolor Honor Society. In 2012 his painting “Survivors” was featured in the National Oil and Acrylic Painter’s Best of America Exhibit in Bolivar, Missouri. Fred has participated in outdoor art fairs since 1994. His work is included in collections throughout the USA and Europe

Highlights of Awards and Honors

1993-Reflections in Color, One-person show, Jefferson City Mo
1997, 2013, 2014-Artwork featured in Airbrush Action Magazine
1993,’95, ’99, ’08, ’10, ’11, ’12, ’14 Top Fifty Exhibition, Missouri State Fair
2002,’04, ’05, ’09, ’10, ’11, ’13, ’15 Missouri Watercolor International
2004, Signature Member Status, Missouri Watercolor Society
2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015 Watercolor USA, Springfield, Mo.
2008, Membership in Watercolor USA Honor Society
2009, 2010, Merit Award, Missouri Watercolor National

A Basic Overview of the Painting Process

Each artwork begins with a series of reference photos and sketches of a particular subject. These are refined to one final drawing, which is then transferred to acid-free illustration board or canvas.

Paintings that require sharp edges in the composition are achieved by using frisk film. It’s applied to the support and an x-acto knife is used to cut through the film. This film is later removed and reapplied in various combinations as the paint is applied. Artwork with soft edges is done with freehand airbrush without the use of frisk film.

After the acrylic paint is mixed in containers the painting begins. Airbrushes used are an Iwata HPC and a Custom Micron B. The paint is sprayed in layers working light to dark. If frisk film is used, it is removed after all the airbrush painting is completed. As a final step, conventional brushes are used for small details.

Awards and Honors 2015

Columbia Art League, Columbia Mo. Night & Day Exhibit, 1st Place “Lemonade Shake-up”
Adult Artists Exhibit, Jefferson City Mo. 1st Place Acrylic “Portrait of Jen” HM “Frozen Relic”
Watercolor USA, Springfield Mo. “Long Ago & Far Away”
Missouri Watercolor International, St. Louis Mo. “Finish this Picture”
State Fair Open Professional Exhibit, Sedalia Mo. 1st place “Last Muscle Car”
Missouri Watercolor Society, Columbia Mo, Invitational Exhibit, HM “Frozen Relic”
Pure Enjoyment Exhibit, Springfield Mo. “Rust Never Sleeps” “Portrait of Jen” “Last Muscle Car”
Arts Rolla, Rolla Mo. HM “West Main Street”
Watercolor Now Exhibit, Springfield Mo. “Finish This Picture”