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Richard McElroy

Richard McElroy

Oil, Watercolor & Drawing

From my earliest years, growing up in Maine, I have always created art. I began lessons in grade school, took instruction at the Portland School of Art, now Maine College of Art, and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting at Massachusetts College of Art, Boston. Through the time of earning a living as an art librarian and raising a family, I could not produce art but about twenty yeas ago I returned to painting.

I find inspiration in the natural and manmade landscapes we inhabit. They touch us and form our character as people in profound and unavoidable ways, whether a gritty cityscape or wondrous natural scene. In my paintings I hope to bring some sense of the worth and distinctive character of our surroundings. My goal is not to mimic conventional realism but to evoke feelings that arise from a place or setting. This involves a balance between close observation and formal abstraction which heightens the viewer's experience.

In recent years I have exhibited paintings widely including at:
Arlington Open Studios, Massachusetts College of Art, Blue Hill Library, Danforth Art Museum, Whistler House Museum, Arlington Center for the Arts, Lexington Arts and Crafts Society, and Concord Art Association. I participate in workshops with Jeremy Foss, John Imber, George Nick and Caleb Stone. Recently I received an Artist Residency in Lake Clark National Park, Alaska and participated in a painting workshop in western Sicily.

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