Painting a subject with sensitivity actually requires a certain cool detachment from the chosen, revered subject. Otherwise, the painting˜recall Oscar Wilde’s Picture of Dorian Gray here˜reflects sensitivity to the artist not to the subject. Naturally, this approach is even easier to overlook if the subject is not human. Yet it is perhaps more important, something Richard Tiberius is acutely aware of as he paints his landscapes. Tiberius’ life-long interest in nature, particularly flora, has led to an accumulated knowledge and a humble appreciation of flowers and trees….Strengthening this bond of empathy is his study of flora, which allows for precise natural detail: the tiny hairs on the stem of a certain kind of flower or the roughness of twigs on a particular type of spruce.Yet his role is not that of a pedagogical illustrator offering clinical biological descriptions. He instead uses detail as a springboard for arriving at aesthetic truths. If, for instance, a tree is rugged by nature, he does not alter it for the sake of mood or atmosphere to appear delicate. Such aesthetic imposition gets in the way of interpretations ringing true to the subject. Ultimately, Richard Tiberius sensitively captures the essence of things natural by portraying them with accuracy, respect and empathy.

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