This triptych has three yellow-bellied slider turtles on a log with a green heron perched above. You can find these turtles in most ponds and rivers in the southeast. I photographed the green heron on a trip to Huntington Beach State Park just south of Myrtle Beach, SC.Read More
I was inspired to paint these carolina parakeets because they were found in our area until the 1930’s when hunters killed off these birds for their colorful feathers. I spent awhile doing research looking for photos of these birds. I picked several birds in poses I liked and put them into landscapes similar to areas they could have been found in. I especially liked this painting because of the way the color of the birds blends with the landscape around them. I think this is the best of the three paintings that I’ve done with parakeets in them. Its too bad these beautiful birds have gone extinct.Read More
This window was finished spring of 2017. We had been having problems with squirrels in our attic, so I did a few paintings with squirrels in them. This is the second one in the series. It has a squirrel looking out a window at a field of sunflowers, because every squirrel wishes they had their own field of sunflowers. We have two “bird” feeders which I keep filled with sunflower seeds. The squirrels let the birds have some, sometimes.Read More
I became interested in Egrets and Herons while living in Sarasota, Florida. I had a special fishing spot that had a blue heron living in the area. I started feeding him fish that were too small to keep so that I could study the way that he caught and ate the fish. He started trying to get the larger fish I put in my bucket so I had to quit feeding him. In this painting I painted an egret who has just caught fish. It takes place in a cypress swamp with two other egrets the background.Read More
My latest painting, “Near Georgetown” was completed on February 23rd this year. I’ve always loved sailboats! The two boats in this painting were in Georgetown near where my brother Don had his boat, I took photos of them from his boat. I Liked the way the light was hitting the trees in the background. The Color in the sky has 4 shades of blue over a base of raw Sienna, I tried to keep it soft.
One of Richard’s latest pieces “Tale of the Silent Crow” was completed at the beginning of this year. It is just one of many in a series of trompe-l’oeil windowscapes with birds and other creatures involved. This one entails crows throughout the painting. Richard stated “I think crows are interesting; the one on the window ledge I photographed in a parking lot at the beach years ago. I like his pose and finally put him into one of my paintings. He seems to be trying to talk to the crow inside of the window, a decoy, the silent crow.” He went on to explain the detail and color used in this work. “On the perimeter of the window I used a different texture that I haven’t used before. I also cut 30 leaves out of canvas, painted each one, then attached them to the canvas. As you can see some of them (leaves) extending beyond the edge of the canvas.”Read More
This painting is called “Neighbors”. As with all my windows, this one is painted as if you were outside looking in. There is a reflection of a Neighbors house in the upper part of the window and a still life with a cat in the lower part. The “Neighbors” the title refers to are the natural ones outside the window. They include: the squirrel, a Carolina Wren, a lizard, a Tree Frog, two Butterflies, a Hummingbird, a Grasshopper, and a Lady bug. The Cat in the window is one of my cats. She is very special because she brings flowers to the door of our home. She started this 7-8 years ago. The first time I saw her carrying one, I thought she had a Cardinal. She saw me coming, dropped it, and walked away. The flower was a Camellia that had dropped off the bush. Some days she will bring 15-20 blossoms up the driveway to the door. My wife is a florist and likes the flowers better than what our other cats bring to the door. I’ve been lucky a few times to get pictures of her carrying flowers.
This painting was hanging at the Lake City Public Library and Technology Center for ArtFields in Lake City, SC On Main St. (April 24-May 2, 2015)