Malina Schneider grew up in the suburbs of Cleveland. She moved to the east coast to attend New York University. During the nine years she spent in New York City, she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and worked in finance. With a move to Morristown New Jersey, Schneider transitioned from finance to freelancing as a Studio Artist and Art Director. Later in the Hudson Valley, New York State, she became a rock and ice climbing guide and high altitude mountaineer; owning her own company. The Mohonk Preserve (Gunks) and surroundings were her home and she climbed there and traveled climbing internationally for more than ten years. Retiring from climbing in 2005 she moved to Danbury Connecticut, where she now lives.
Schneider began showing her work at the Art in the Park art festival in Wilton, CT in 2017 receiving a Judges Choice Award. In the years since her paintings have been on exhibit and in shows in Connecticut.
Nature has always inspired me and people fascinated me. I struggle to find a balance with the human form and nature. My theme is always the same: synchronicity, balance, and connection. My work conveys the feeling and texture of my subjects with liberties taken in their portrayals. My interpretation of what I observe can be quirky and whimsical at times. My sense of the world peeks out here and there in my paintings. I take a moment and capture simple and remarkable aspects of the life I encounter.
My painting process is traditional oil though I paint in gauche and acrylic. I am a plein air painter and often work in the field using acrylic or gauche especially if the work will be completed in a day. My preference is oil as I like the luminosity and the richness in color and subtlety of techniques such as glazing. I often spend a lot of time exploring and studying before forming compositions. I work ergonomically with an organic creative process.