Valerie Mankin
JRNM 151

“Art is therapeutic and working on my pieces is my melatonin,” says Jerry Schmidt, a Cleveland artist who specializes in sculpting metal. Lorain County Community College’s Stocker Arts Center hosted “From Grit to Glimmer”, showcasing Schmidt’s pieces along with Thomas Hudson’s oil paintings, on Sept. 28. “The key is to keep a theme going,” says Hudson. 

Learning from his father Fred Schmidt, a well-known sculptor in Cleveland, Schmidt has found the importance of abstract art.  
       “You make the bed you sleep in,” says Schmidt on account of him being his own agent. Schmidt likes not having to rely on anyone and says that the best way to work is to stay away from the cliques.
       Schmidt has an art studio in Waterloo Cleveland where he works with his son and grandson. Schmidt also has pieces displayed at the Hilton Hotel and LCCC. “Never worry if the art is wrong,” says Schmidt, “let the art speak for itself.” 

Also being a Cleveland artist, Hudson paints realistic oil paintings. His inspiration coming from comic books Hudson gradually made his way to oil painting. Hudson has three different themes in progress right now.
         “Look at what other artists are doing and their techniques,” is the advice Hudson gives to new and upcoming artists. 

         Hudson also says to follow your passion and not let other influence it. Hudson likes to do realism painting because “people praise your more” when it’s realistic. 

        The best part about painting is when you finally finish a piece according to Hudson. This is because the time frame always differs “some can take weeks and others months,” says Hudson.

Both artists agree that it is important to follow your passion despite what others say.