Hi, I'm Richard and I love to paint! I picked up a paintbrush about 15 years ago and something magical happened. I began to experience the wonderful joy of letting the world fall away as I watched new realities come to life on canvas. At first it wasn't easy to let the paint flow, and it wasn't always joyful as I struggled to express the beauty with new ways of looking at the world. Yet, in time I learned to get out of the way and began allowing the painting to speak and express itself in mood and feeling.
I took classes along the way with people I grew to love and admire. I painted in studios with others, and outdoors, "en plein air." I watched a lot of "You Tubes," (still do) read a lot of painting books, learned color and technique. But that's only half the story.
I learned to let the painting express itself from the subject I'm involved in. We live part of the year on Kauai and the beauty and sacredness of this magical island wraps around my paintings and takes over. We also live part of the year in Colorado with the power of the mountains and pristine beauty of snow and clouds and horizons that go on for ever quietly expressing their voices.
When I'm painting I can feel what's being painted...the storm passing overhead, the sun beating down on hot sand, brushstroke by brushstroke, or a chilly ocean being whipped into waves of froth and foam as my palette knife whips up the paint. I am carried away by the wind as it fills a sail and moves clouds, transforming and carrying them along to shores unknown.
How does one paint beauty with passion? For me it's about love, in all it's many guises, as found in nature and life and creation. Once I feel that, the painting takes on its own life, expanding itself and me in the process, eventually finding its way home. My paintings have found homes across the US, and as far away as France and Japan. It's strange when I sometimes see a painting I did years ago. They are like children I have raised, watched grow up. Yet, they are their own entities. When I encounter them, I remember them fondly, realizing they now have their own expression of existence. If someone appreciates their beauty, their spirit, then I played my part well in the process. I'm merely a parent/partner in it's creation.
If you have an interest in my work, if something touches you, or if you just have a comment or question, I would love to hear from you. You can email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.