Katy Schneider

Profile 12"x12" oil on panel 1995

Self Portrait with Oranges oil 1999

Katy Schneider says that she was fascinated by the great "orb" of her belly during pregnancy, and so she painted it unabashedly, and often. She relies on artificial lighting in her basement studio, saying that it allows her to fit in her painting whenever she finds the time, day or night. To me, her very natural paintings of family life are a complete embrace of the complexities of her life as a wife, mother and artist. 

Inspired by Douglas Ferrin's remarkably honest series of self portraits, February will be dedicated to the art of the self portrait. Please email your suggestion (not your own work please) with a few words to decribe why you like it. Be sure to include the title, medium, size and year.


  1. Totally knocked my socks off! I adore self portraits like these - where you can actually see the easel, surface and tools. You can mentally superimpose the image you're seeing onto the canvas plane in the painting, transporting you inside the scene, inside the artist's mind and process. Add to that the deeply personal subject matter - the belly & responsibly protective gloves - two pregnancies each their own. It doesn't get much better than this!

  2. Woman as artist. More than that. It's "in-your-face" female.

  3. When I was attending Wright State University, Katy had a show in our gallery and it was awesome. The paintings were small and beautifully painted. My friends and I were very impressed with her work and her
    sweet personality. Thanks for posting this.


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