Richard Larson


Richard Larson was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1946. Growing up as a post-war baby, Dick quickly learned that fine art could be found within the rich architecture of the city, a philosophy he carries with him in his travels to this day. His first attempt as an artist came with the familiar "Can You Draw This?" matchbook cover. He could, did, and won a scholarship to the Art Institute of Chicago at the age of six. It would be his last love-relationship with art until many years later.

As happens to many artists in their life paths, circumstances sidetracked Dick. After graduating from Southern Illinois University with a degree in finance, Dick entered the world of business in the area of real estate. Marriage and career in place, life seemed to resemble an Ozzie-and-Harriet movie. However, the pressures of both business and social responsibilities coupled with a "keeping up with the Jones" mindset took its toll and eventually led to a parting of the ways in both his business and personal relationship

Taking a sabbatical, Dick retired to a 400 acre blueberry farm on the Etowah River in North Georgia. Between doing odd jobs to stay alive, Dick spent three years, eight hours a day, sitting at his easel learning and loving his art. Coupled with a spiritual awakening that enabled him to reach from within, Dick's art began to evolve and continues to evolve to this day. "My mission is to transmit a message to the viewers through my canvases, so that when they walk away, it is with an enlightened heart. My paintings tell a story, not always the same to everyone, but a story, nonetheless, that hopefully will make a difference in their lives. Color, composition and light, light, light. That is what art is all about".

Dick has recently relocated from the Park City, Utah to the Southeast where he is capturing with his palette a mix of the old and the new. He is currently painting a series he likes to call "changes in perspective." Paintings of items that have lost their utilitarian value, but through recreation now have an ascetic value that is serendipitous to the eye. "It is not always what your eye sees, but how your mind interprets your vision."

His other subject/passions are children and seniors. "Kids and old folks are our most special, but often unappreciated assets. I love to portray them because they are so expressive. Kids are candid, fresh and real and old folks simply don't care".

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