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Through Schmitz’s vibrant pieces you can stay in transitory moments of high energy, movement, and expansion and walk through them as you travel through the composition of her abstract work.  Schmitz has a background in landscape and figurative painting, but moved to primarily painting abstract work after the birth of her first child 3 years ago.  Schmitz says “I have found that being a parent has heightened my senses and my desire to move beyond literal forms and clarified my artistic motivation to express joy, wonder, and a contented unknowing about life, which is messy and intense but always potent with exceptional beauty.”