Portraits of the Natural World, Vol. I
The book consists of 66 full-page pictures of Richard’s paintings. On the page opposite each picture is a page containing enlargements of portions of the paintings, which reveal the knife technique, and brief descriptions of Richard’s relationship to the subject as well as some interesting facts about the subject. Included in the 150 pages are his thoughts on painting wild nature and techniques of painting with knives. The main aim of Richard’s art is to celebrate the flora. All of us are aware of the immeasurable value of the products of plants, from food and medicine to furniture, but Richard’s art celebrates an aspect of the flora that owes nothing to the industry of humanity. He wants to celebrate an oak tree for what it has become through its long evolution, not for what we make of it. These features of context and form tell a story of the place of each plant in the world. Scientists call it the natural history of the species.
Publish Date: December 23, 2008
150 pages, Premium Paper
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Portraits of the Natural World, Volume II
Volume II presents 54 full-page pictures of Richard’s paintings. All paintings are new, not represented in Volume I. The page opposite each picture contains enlargements of portions of the paintings to reveal the knife technique, as well as brief descriptions of Richard’s relationship to the subject and some interesting facts about the subject. Included in the 128 pages are his thoughts on painting wild nature and knife painting techniques. The theme of the paintings in this new volume is the celebration of nature. While Volume I focused on the flora, Volume II contains seven paintings that include birds. The inclusion of birds was no doubt influenced by Richard’s move to Florida where there are wetlands teaming with shorebirds. Richard’s daughter, Kiry, who now shares a studio with Richard (called the Tiberius Art Studio) has collaborated with Richard on two of the paintings in this collection. Both artists share the goal of painting plants and animals in their natural habitats. This volume includes paintings from California, Colorado, Florida, Minnesota, New Mexico, Ontario, Tennessee, and Texas.
Publish Date: May, 2015
128 pages, Premium Paper
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