Henry Schmidt is a Western New York artist. He earned a B.F.A in Painting and Illustration from Syracuse Universitiy in 1974, and Master of Education in Art and General Studies at SUNY College at Buffalo in 1981. His career path has included teaching, freelance illustration and being Art Director at WKBW-TV, 1982-1989. From 1989 to 2013 he worked at Fisher Price Toys, starting as a product art manager and retiring as director of product art and sculpture. Since 2014, he has created art within his own firm, Henry Schmidt Art & Design, and been a Roycroft Renaissance Artisan, and artist-in-residence at the Buffalo maritime Center, involved with the development of the Buffalo Maritime Foundry. Among his more recent work is a sculpture planned for Niawanda Park in Tonawanda, New York, that will pay tribute to Erie Canal history.