Our Mission Statement

The Russian River Atelier is a collaborative working and teaching art studio shared by highly trained professional painters with backgrounds in, and a love for, traditional realism.

Through the classes and workshops, RRA offers an approach to painting and drawing grounded on acute observation of nature using systems refined through centuries of experience and passed down through generations of master artists and their disciples. We believe these skills are attainable by anyone willing to put in the time and effort to learn them. From beginners who’ve never held a paint brush, to seasoned painters looking to broaden their palette, the Russian River Atelier provides a supportive, inspiring, and student-friendly space open to all.

About the Russian River Atelier and how it came to be

The RRA is a small, privately funded atelier that functions as a working studio for local artist Linda Schroeter. Linda opened her space in 2008 for the artists community to share believing in building a community of like minded artists who can work together and encourage each other to succeed. All the artists that are invited by Linda to the studio is for the sole purpose to pass onto others their craft. These artists are full time, working artists themselves relying on their teaching and painting sales to make a living.  Linda feels passionately about helping artists who have dedicated their lives to keeping this time honored craft alive, and often through difficult circumstances.

Linda lives with her husband Mick who has been her number one source of funding through tough times. Mick is the  backbone of the RRA and responsible for building and putting together all our stations, still life stands, free standing walls etc. our general handy man and true believer in helping the RRA artist thrive in this community.

Who hasn't witnessed the dedication and passion in the individual artists who truly believe in their disciplined approach. Thanks to many members who are committed to helping keep the RRA open for all who wish to study and work in this warm and friendly atmosphere. 

All the artists paintings available are for sale and help fund our equipment and materials needed. Please contact info@russianriveratelier if you are interested in commissioning a painting by Linda, Jay or Naomi or in buying any available works. Each artist has their own web page and contact details you can find on the artist page of this site as well.

Thank you for taking the time to visit the RRA site.

We welcome anyone who wishes to become a patron to the RRA. Please check back to see our Patron page and the benifits coming soon...