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"Handful of Earth: Landscapes - Sublime to Abstract by"
2003-11-10 until 2003-11-26
Michael Orr Gallery
USA United States of America
During the month of December, the Michael Orr Gallery presents paintings by Richard Clem in the exhibition entitled Handful of Earth: Landscapes - Sublime to Abstract. Often choosing landscapes, I create harmony with colors inspired by natures hues. No matter how I compose the view before me, no matter how vast the vista, no matter how grand natureís statement, when itís all said and done, all I have captured is a Handful of Earth, states the artist.
Richard is a member of the Oil Painters of America and Ohio Plein Air Society.
I have been painting with focus since 1992. From an early age I have had a love of expressing myself through my art. Even in the U.S. Air Force, I had an outlet for my creative side, working several years as a graphic artist. After my tour of duty, I enrolled at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh where I received my degree. During the succeeding years I pursued a career in advertising. I continued developing my appreciation of fine art through reading and traveling to local and national exhibits. After vacationing in Northern New Mexico, Southern France, Paris and Monets Giverny.
The painter in me came to life when I was inspired to put brush to paint. I have developed an expressive style. My pictures have a luminous quality created from initial glazed layers that I allow to show through beside broken strokes of impasto. I want the viewer to see and feel the emotion that went into every stroke. This is something that can be felt and seen in the texture of the carved paint made by the stiff bristle brushes that I used to create them. They are as much a part of the composition as the colors that I choose.
48 x 40 inches