Everyday Stories Painted in Color and Light

(SANTA ANA, CA) – French artist Veronica Schmitt is the newest artist featured in the Community Focus Space at John Wayne Airport. Her fine art painting is inspired by the California impressionist artists she treasured while honing her talent. Acrylic paint captures lively, soft, and colorful snapshots of local life in this exhibit. Select paintings from her catalogue will be on display in the Thomas F. Riley Terminal through October 18, 2022.

Veronica completed her master’s degree in Art at Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, in France. A former graphic designer, she began her journey toward becoming a fine art painter after her move to the United States. Part of discovering her new environment, her exploration of California led her to the impressionist artists of the region, strongly influencing her own style and palette. 

The artist states that regardless of the subject or genre, light is always the strongest element in her paintings. The exploration of the interplay with shadow or reflections in relation to vibrant color creates the mood and elicits emotion from the viewer. Each image invites the viewer to slow down and wonder about the stories of these ordinary scenes thus transforming an ordinary scene into something extraordinary. "My purpose is to capture the natural beauty of everyday life. I encourage the viewer to slow down and enjoy fleeting moments of everyday scenes. My paintings are snapshots of life."

As a recognized award-winning artist, Veronica is a member of the California Art Club and the National Society of Painters in Acrylic. Her work has been selected for several solo shows, has received numerous awards and has been published in several books and magazines in France and the U.S., including The Artist Magazine and Southwest Art. Her studio is located in Irvine, California, but she often spends time in Kansas City where she paints as well. More information about the artist and her work can be found at her website veronicaschmitt.com.

The exhibit is viewable (pre-security) on the Departure (upper) Level near security screening areas in Terminals A, B, and C and the Arrival (lower) Level adjacent to Baggage Carousels 1 and 4.

For more information about the John Wayne Airport Arts Program, visit www.ocair.com/terminal/artexhibits.