I believe to paint a landscape is to embrace a sense of place. It is not just visual but an expression of my deeper experience. A celebration in color, contour, and contrast. My work explores the transient quality of nature in watercolor, acrylic, collage, graphite, and charcoal. Nature provides me with unending possibilities, granting an ever-changing prospect as I walk the mountains, hills, and hollers of my native South.
Richard is pursuing his first love. Producing work in charcoal, graphite, pastel, and watercolor. Born in Athens, Georgia and growing up in the section called Normal Town. He decided in the second grade he was an artist. From that time on it became his goal and his life was no longer normal. At the University of Georgia, he studied Scenic Design and Scenic Art. After graduating Richard crammed his Datsun to capacity. and started off to the University of Missouri-Kansas City. At UMKC he continued his studies as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and working for the Missouri Repertory Theatre. Richard loaded up his Chevy pickup to Los Angeles. He freelanced as a set designer and scenic artist in the entertainment industry for the next 20 years. Richard returned to Georgia to began working as a production artist for the Habersham Furniture Company in Toccoa.
Among his greatest influences are Charles E. Burchfield, Edgar A. Whitney, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Frank Webb, Paul Cezanne, Henri Matisse, Frederick Franck, Egon Schiele, Robert Edmund Jones, Jo Mielziner, Howard Bay, Joe Stell, Lawrence Graham and John Ezell.
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excerpt from the December 14, 2016, issue of the Flagpole Magazine article by Jessica Smith
…finding inspiration in the natural world, Richard Huston creates beautiful watercolor paintings of landscapes and botanicals. Deciding that he wanted to become an artist early on as a second-grader at Chase Street Elementary, he studied art and theater throughout college, leading him into a career as a set designer and scenic artist in Los Angeles.
Eventually, his work led him back to Georgia, where he took his skills from the set to the canvas.
Huston’s painting “Botanical Garden 46, Carolina Jessamine” takes an abstract approach in depicting South Carolina’s state flower, which grows as clusters of bright yellow blooms clinging to a slender vine. Undertones of complementary purple help the yellow pop, while blocks of color lead the eye towards familiar leaf shapes. The painting is part of a series that now totals 64 paintings, each of which focuses on a different plant native to Athens or the larger Piedmont region. Though common to the area, these plants are often overlooked; Huston’s work draws attention to their beauty and importance
A favorite quote from Charles Burchfield