A native of Washington, D.C., Schroeder grew up as an arts kid. He made art and played with puppets. Art courses in high school and college had his intense focus. He also hung out with performing arts students, but knew he was primarily a visual artist. Today his works are informed by a broad sweep of narratives, literature, mythology, music, current events and history. His preferred medium is acrylic with found objects on wood. Keys, cowrie shells, glass and metal often appear in the work. Although the works tend to have a story line, he appreciates hearing viewers’ responses to the pieces; there is no limit to interpretation. Puppetry is an extension of his visual art work. He see puppets as moving art forms. These, too can be considered mixed media art.