A California native residing in Sacramento, Richard was first introduced to art during elementary school summer vacations when his mom would give the kids a tablet of paper and show them how to draw. His interest in art continued in high school, followed by more formal studies at College of the Redwoods and Humboldt State University. His art has ranged from commercial/graphic design to posters, illustrations and drawings, but painting is his focus. His style and subject matter is as varied as his interests. As to his current fields paintings, he said the following:
“I’ve always been fascinated with the views from on high. California’s farm fields and orchards, when observed from higher altitudes or from the air, can reveal textures, patterns and colors that aren’t readily apparent at ground level. The fields paintings are mostly about my interpretations and manipulations of those textures, patterns and colors. The compositions are based on real places that I’ve seen and been to, and while the layout is from reality, the fields move into abstraction. I often don’t know what the texture and pattern of the individual fields will be until I begin to paint them, but when a painting is finished there seems to be a cohesive whole to it and I find the image visually pleasing. I hope you enjoy the paintings, too.” -Richard Stein
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