Rita Schwab


Rita was born in Heidelberg, Germany in 1952. She has always loved to paint and do things with her hands. She also has had a close connection to nature and the earth since childhood.  Rita moved to Tallahassee, FL on a college scholarship in 1973. She holds an MFA from Florida State University, graduating in 1981.

Rita has been a self-employed studio artist since the 80s along with working for various art organizations as an Assistant Art Director, educator and college adjunct, workshop leader, and private instructor to adults and children.

Today Rita is a mixed-media abstract painter. “I use canvas and board alike of any kind of recycled material I can find. I work in oils and acrylics and natural pigmentations made from plants. But I am mostly about texture….I inlay with nature found objects, use sand to thicken paints and sculpt with textured tools. I specialize in fresco painting using a lime-based plaster to create a 3D effect in design.”

Rita lives presently in Englewood, FL and keeps a studio in the Catskills in the summer.  She shows her work locally, nationally and internationally in galleries and museums, at juried fine art shows and art cooperatives. For more information about Rita, visit her website

Please contact Rita at (845) 667-0166 with any questions and to reserve your spot.