successful knitwear designer in his hometown of Munich, Germany,
Richard Schemmerer eventually tired of the fashion mill, gave it
up in 1986 and moved to the United States to pursue art and spirituality.
After stays in San Francisco and Hawaii, he spent two years in Paris
before finding Portland in '96. Now a rebirthing teacher, yoga practitioner
and Reiki master, Richard can hardly keep up with himself.
Richard Schemmerer's art is meant to engage the senses, make people
stop for a moment and open up to the feelings brought about by a
"Some days I want to wake up the world, other days it's just
about a sense of being," he said. "Sometimes I do theme
shows, other times it's just about expression of form and colors
that create vibration."
Sometimes Richard's works include elaborate poems or mysterious
titles, other times they must speak for themselves and allow for
individual interpretation because they can evoke different moods
at different times.
"Life is full of dichotomies, which inspire me to explore
the internal workings of the outer universe and the inner psychological
processes of the human mind," he said.
The human condition is close to Richard's heart. He aspires to
use his art as a tool for communication to create what he describes
as a bridge between human souls that meet in the jungle of life
as it unfolds.
"I never question the merit or value of art and I am driven
to unleash my creative potential in a multitude of ways," he
From time to time
Richard just published his book "Reconnection
with the Power of Love Conscious Creation through the Intelligence
of the Heart," which presents love as the ultimate art
form. He's now working on a new book about peace from within.
me the way I am"
"I teach the art of loving all expressions that manifest in
our environment," he said.
"Art has the ability to describe inner and outer worlds in
a symbolism that sidetracks our judgmental protective mechanism
and trick our intellectual faculties so that we are able to have
a direct emotional encounter with our extended intuitive senses."
Richard studied with many great artists but avoided too much academic
exposure in an attempt to keep his personal artistic expressions
free from preconceived notions of what art is or is not.
"I love to break established rules but find inspiration in
all time periods and walks of expressing life," he said.
"All is sacred; nothing is too holy not to be expressed in
new ways and new media. I live in a time frame that is nonlinear
and I allow my creative process to overlap with different styles
from diverse time capsules."
The art seen
Some of Richard's favorite artistic expressions are dioramas that
freeze-frame a feeling or make a sociopolitical statement.
"I don't have a favorite artist or any preference of style,"
he said. "I'm able to admire somebody's craftsmanship as well
as the unfinished presentation of a concept. It takes courage to
express one's self and, in that, one's purpose is fulfilled
being an expression of the divine is the greatest artistic manifestation."
Last month Richard worked on several Portland art events intended
to inspire people to vote. He was in Art for Democracy at Gallery
500, Art to Get the Vote Out at Brian Marki and Think Peace at the
Alberta Arts Pavilion. He now has plans to be in SinTax, a group
show featuring pop art.
Richard's glass art can be found on the Oregon Coast at White Bird
Gallery in Cannon Beach and he designs for the Fashion Incubator,
Gallery Fix and Dragon Lily.
"I've had agents and belonged to DIYs," he said. "You
can see me setting up on a street corner in Portland or the downtowns
of the world."
Some people know they want to be a doctor at an early age; Richard
was born to be an artist.
As a child he dressed up in his parents' clothes and pretended
to be an actor, a painter, a dancer, a wizard. For the holidays
he created handmade gifts for his relatives and recited cheesy poetry.
When Richard received his first brand-new bike he immediately pulled
out his cheap acrylics and painted it lime green, yellow and purple.
"My father was very upset and had me clean the bike with paint
thinner in front of our house for everybody to see," he said.
"He didn't know it, but from then on I was going to rebel
against standardized beauty and find creative outlets in all expressions
Richard started writing poems with unhappy endings and carving creepy
masks out of fallen tree bark. Once, in a creative rush, he painted
the basement in wild, abstract colors only to again be told to wash
it off after his parents found out.
"Art was a curse in my parents' eyes and would lead to social
ruin," he said. "My prescribed future was to be a bookkeeper
for my father's car shop.
"My whole being started to focus on escape. At 21, I started
my own business in Munich, where my soul emerged on this planet."
Richard began by creating crazy outfits. His first suit was half
black and half green vertically so when viewed from
the side only one color was seen.
Soon he was painting on cars, coats and shirts; from there he explored
almost every artistic medium available.
"Creativity had no specific framework to me and helped me
to reshape a stifling rigid society," he said.
"I found true freedom of expression in art, using it as a
tool to communicate my own internal processes or to portrait other
peoples' lives and circumstances."
Richard will always be an artist even if nobody else appreciates
"I am just a tool for Creation to express itself," he
said. "Art is an expression of the divine in me, a window into
my soul, and that is reason enough."