'Works on Paper' Opens April 2 at Richard Boyd Art Gallery

Randy Eckard ~ 'Come Around' ~ Watercolor on Paper 12" x 8"
Randy Eckard ~ 'Come Around' ~ Watercolor on Paper 12" x 8"
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PORTLAND, Maine - Feb. 6, 2019 - PRLog -- Richard Boyd Art Gallery opens an annual exhibition of original paintings and drawings on Tuesday, April 2 at 10:00 a.m.

The exhibit explores works created on a time honored raw product – paper. An unforgiving surface around for centuries, paper reveals the artist's proficiency in creating visual art. The show is comprised of works by gallery artists' Patricia Chandler, Carrin Culotta, Randy Eckard, Julianne Garvey, Scarlet Kinney, and Bob Santandrea.

On view free of charge between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. daily through April 29, 2019. For more information contact the gallery by phone at (207)-712-1097, via email at info@richardboydartgallery.com or visit the gallery's website at www.richardboydartgallery.com .

About the Artists

Patricia Chandler
is a fine and commercial artist whose career spans more than five decades. She received her BFA in Illustration from Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island and MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York, later becoming an Adjunct Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of Maine from 2005 to 2014.

When asked about her creative process and style Pat said, "My creative process and production inevitably refer to my geographic roots. My imagery, though based on landscape, evolved from realism into expressionism and abstraction.

Part of that transition was due to more experimental attitudes toward tools and materials. Most of my more recent work is a combination of those styles; however, there remains a love of realism. It is all landscape of one variety or another. The variety of Maine's natural beauty is sufficient for many lifetimes of an artist."

Carrin Culotta has created visual art on and off again for many years. When asked what inspires you to create art? Carrin replied, "Having grown up in New England I acquired an appreciation for its unique beauty and seasons. Art allows me to immerse myself in the beauty of nature and the mystery of a moment in time."

Randy Eckard was recently selected as one of Maine's most collectible artists in "Maine Home and Design magazine's artmaine 2019 Annual Guide."  A trained commercial and fine artist Randy studied art at the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida and the Haywood School of Craft in Clyde, North Carolina.

When asked about his career as an artist Randy replied, "I am closing in on forty years of working with watercolors. For several years I was fascinated by the versatility and wonder of drawing with pencil, and pen and ink. At the urging of a friend I tried adding watercolor to the early stages of my drawings, and I was soon painting more than drawing.

Inspirations pour in from the beautiful and dramatic coastline of Downeast Maine, where I have lived for the past twenty-five years. Reading about the techniques of drybrush and glazing, brought to the forefront by Wyeth, revealed a method of working with watercolor where my love of drawing could be paired with my new-found love of watercolor.

As a young boy, growing up in the Piedmont area of North Carolina, I began noticing and responding to the warm glow and cool, contrasting shadows of late afternoons. Those early observations of light would become the focus of my paintings."

Julianne Garvey is a multi-talented artist who studied art at the University of Georgia, later transferring to, and graduating with a BFA from the College of William and Mary in Virginia.

When asked what inspires you to create visual art? Julie replied, "I'm not sure if any artist knows why we create art, beyond the simple fact that we do. I'm inspired by many different things, light and shadow fascinate me, but the shapes, movement and energy of forms in the scene are what hold my attention."

Scarlet Kinney received a BA in Studio Art with a minor in Creative Writing from Goddard College, Plainfield, VT, completed Master's level studio tutorials at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, and earned an MA in Mythological Studies from Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, CA.

When asked about her career as an artist she replied, " My work is about pushing limits and relaxing preconceived ideas. It is also very much about the process of painting itself; about creating the thickness, textures, interplays of color, light, shadow and line; or creating bold, rich strokes of paint on the canvas as I try to find my way towards expressing the mythic energies informing much of my work."

Bob Santandrea is a retired patent attorney and research scientist by training, whose paintings are a means of self-expression. After moving to Corning, NY he became more interested in landscapes and re-discovered his love of pastels.

Drawn to the colors and spontaneity that the medium allows Bob says his "paintings are gestures in the sense that I am trying to capture the mood of a particular place. Weather permitting I prefer to work en plein air to capture the natural colors and light of the surroundings."

An associate member of the Pastel Society of America (PSA), Bob recently moved to New Mexico where he is a member of the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico and the Pastel Artists of New Mexico.

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