Schim Schimmel is an internationally renowned artist/author whose artwork and books have been lovingly embraced world-wide for their beauty and environmental message.
Schimmel has been a full-time professional artist since 1987, having studied art with his father, a well known watercolorist and art instructor. Schimmel began showing his fine-art in Japan in 1991. In 1992 one of Japan’s largest book publishers, Shogakukan, asked Schimmel if he would be interested in writing a children’s book. “Dear Children of the Earth, A Letter from Home,” was released in 1993 in Japan, and published the following year in the United States.
Since then, three more children’s books by Schim Schimmel have been published: Children of the Earth…Remember; The Family of Earth; and his newest book, The Butterfly’s Treasure. In addition, three books of Schimmel’s collected artworks have been published, two in Japan and one in the United States.
Schim Schimmel communicates a simple yet profound message through his artwork and writing—the need to cherish and protect this world. In his words, “It is so easy with our complicated, busy, sometimes difficult lives to forget just how magnificent, how miraculous our planet earth truly is. It is equally easy to forget that we do not own, but share this planet with all its many life-forms. As an artist and writer, my desire is to remind all of us that we are responsible for the wellbeing of this world.”
Today, Schim Schimmel and Kirk Smith own their own fine-art/book publishing company—SchimmelSmith Publishing, located in Burbank, California. Schimmel continues to travel to Japan every year to attend exhibitions of his artwork. To learn more about Schim Schimmel and his work, please visit schimmelsmith.com.