Richard Luschek (pronounced Lew-Shek)
"Still life painting must be of a well understood simplicity, solid, strong, vital, unnecessary details neglected, salient points embellished, made the most of, every touch full of meaning and for the love of beauty." Emil Carlsen, 1908
My job as a painter is more than just reproducing objects on canvas. The painter should aim for something elevated and finer; nature observed through a nobler temperament. I am fascinated by the effects of light, atmosphere, color, and tonal beauty. These elements transform nature into art that is both aesthetically pleasing and meaningful for the viewer. I use the techniques and traditions of the great classical painters as taught to me by my teacher Paul Ingbretson. Even though these techniques are centuries old, I use these skills to create pictures relevant for today's audience, infusing them with a narrative and wit that adds to the arrangements I am painting.
After graduating from the University of Cincinnati with Bachelor's degrees in both Biology and Fine Arts, I was fortunate to apprentice at the Paul Ingbretson Studio of Drawing and Painting located in Manchester, New Hampshire. Mr. Ingbretson is a living modern master of the Boston School tradition and studied under the late R. H. Ives Gammell. With a legacy passing through the Boston School to French Academic Painting, this rigorous training imparts a foundation of time-honored techniques that blend solid academic drawing with beautifully seen impressionistic color. Notable figures of the early Boston tradition include William McGregor Paxton (1869-1941), Joseph DeCamp (1858-1923), Frank W. Benson (1862-1951), and Edmund C. Tarbell (1862-1938).
all images © 2014 Richard Luschek