"Whether it was to escape classroom boredom or standout among the crowd, creativity has always been there in my life. I started drawing in my teens and moved on to painting before going off to college for a degree in studio art. I realized very quickly that I was probably not going to make a living in art so it became my avocation. My real job afforded me time to pursue art on the weekends.
I have worked in many mediums but have settled on oil paints. My subject matter ranges from landscapes to people, still lifes and pets. As a pet lover I suppose I enjoy painting them the most.
I try to paint in a realistic style as it simplifies things. If I put the right amount of paint, color in the right location then I have done the subject justice and provided some "truth" to the art. Being able to draw and paint is an incredible gift and I am grateful for it on a daily basis." - Richard Bednar