Born in upstate New York and raised in New Jersey RS is the middle child of seven to George and Marie Schwarzenbach. Father was a skilled Technician for Department of Defense, mother was Homemaker / Waitress. Formal art education started as a student at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. At Kutztown RS continued as a student of drawing and design and was also exposed to a visiting artists program sponsored by the National Endowment of the Arts. This program allowed RS to listen to lectures, engage in dialogue and have informal critiques of student work with the leading artists of the day. Names in this program that come to mind are Richard Serra, Trisha Brown, Phil Glass, Robert Mangold and last but certainly not least: Vito Acconci.
Graduating from Kutztown in 1976 with a B.S. degree in Art Education and minor in Art History RS moved to Manhattan. Securing a part time teaching and union sign painting jobs allowed him to enroll as a part time student at Columbia University and continue his studies in art history. This hectic schedule continued for two years at which point RS stopped teaching, stopped his studies at Columbia and went full time in the sign industry. RS went back to school and earned a M.S. degree (type design) from Pratt Institute, married Heidi Twaddell and in 1985 moved to San Francisco.
Once settled in San Francisco with job and house RS was more able to pursue his primary interest of art making. This has always been a life long endeavor but practicalities, at times, tended to dictate conditions. Regardless of these constraints RS has always doggedly pursued his art.