Richard Clem

About Richard

“I enjoy equally “plein air” painting and “studio” painting. I paint to celebrate life. It’s the fulfillment of my day. I’m uplifted and that makes me happy. I’ve spent a lifetime observing nature and the way light and atmosphere affect the landscape and objects. I work to translate my love of nature to each viewer, transforming their perceptions. I want the viewer to see and feel the emotion that went into every stroke. They are as much a part of the composition and colors that I choose.

“I currently live in Gahanna, Ohio. I have lived in the Columbus area since 1978. I grew up in a small rural town near Pittsburgh. From an early age I have had a love of expressing myself through art. Even in the U.S. Air Force, I had an outlet for my creative side, working several years as a graphic artist. Afterwards, I enrolled at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh where I received my degree. During the succeeding years I pursued a career in advertising and advertising art. I continued developing my appreciation of fine art through reading and traveling to local and national exhibits. After vacationing in Northern New Mexico, Southern France, Paris and Monet’s Giverny, I was inspired to put my brush to paint. I have developed an impressionist expressive style. My paintings allow colors to show through along broken strokes of impasto. Often choosing landscapes, I strive to create harmony with colors inspired by nature’s hues.
“In addition to Art Access Gallery, my work has been exhibited at the Springfield Museum of Art and the Zanesville Art Museum. I have also exhibited with several art organizations around Ohio and have won numerous awards and many Best of Show awards.”