Thia Teachout Schuler, born in Casablanca, Morocco, now calls Table Rock Lake, Missouri home. Thia has a B. A. in art ed. from Briar Cliff University and has done graduate studio work at Drake and Creighton Universities. She taught art at Red Oak, Iowa Middle School. She began painting in oils in 2010 and is now working full time in that medium. Thia believes art is above reality; good work evokes a raw essence of artistic integrity defined by the formal elements. This may be described as "the thing you can't explain", or, better yet when, "the whole is more than the sum of its parts". Influences include Gilson's Painting and Reality, Henri's The Art Spirit, many wonderful artists, but especially E. Degas, J.S. Sargent, A.P. Ryder and Leon Gaspard.