the artist

Bradley Schmehl

Photo Credit: Silver Company

Bradley Schmehl

York, PA

Bradley Schmehl

Bradley Schmehl is an historical artist from central Pennsylvania (where he has resided all his life) who possesses a painterly, realistic style that serves many different genres and subjects extremely well - from portraiture and figures to landscape and architecture, and from placid pastorals to military combat action.

Bradley’s work has always tended towards the historical, given his interest in such things as weaponry and machines, historic architecture, figures, animals and nature. His style is instantly recognizable, marked by fastidiousness in draftsmanship, remarkable detail, a painterly approach which is at the same time free and precise, and bold, naturalistic tones and colors.

Bradley Schmehl's work is featured in private and public collections across America, including the Booth Western Art Museum, the Delaware State Museum, the Command General Staff College and the U.S. Army War College, the Silver Companies, Boca Raton, Florida, as well as the Pennsylvania Convention Center collection. He has been published by Somerset Fine Art in Houston, Texas. Settlers West Gallery in Tucson, Arizona markets his original paintings to discriminating collectors from around the country and the world.

Gallery Photo Credit: Silver Company

Fast Facts

Name: Bradley Schmehl


Place of Birth: West Reading, Pennsylvania

1984, Diploma, Fine Arts – PA College of Art and Design (formerly PA School of the Arts, where I was a student founder of the institution)

Significant or special training:
Six-month apprenticeship to Kenneth Laager of Lititz, PA; Gallery Painter and Illustrator

Notable or memorable instructors or mentors:
Robert Sopchick
Ted Fitzkee
David Snyder
Thomas Wise
Robert Patierno
(all of whom I studied with at PA School of the Arts)

Particular field of study or class work:

Major influences/admired artists:
Howard Pyle
N.C. Wyeth
Tom Lovell
Richard Schmid
Norman Rockwell

Favorite materials or media:
Oil on canvas

Gallery Representation (when Convention Center acquired artwork):
Settlers West Gallery – Tucson, Arizona
Florentine Frame and Art – Weston, Massachusetts

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