January 17 – March 2
Art Works Main Gallery
“Aesthetic Challenges” a Richard Hower Exhibit
Richard Hower is an award winning representational artist Residing in Boltz, PA. His childhood consisted of spending lots of time in the woods of Ligonier Valley and playing along the banks of Tubmill and Loyalhanna Creeks. He became interested in art at a very early age, and at 14, he took his first art class and has been painting ever since. After earning a degree in Architectural Design his love for painting sparked the beginning of a career as an Architectural Illustrator.
Richard’s primary subject matter is now landscapes while working in acrylics. He also loves the challenge of portraits and his work varies in size from just a few square inches to murals measuring upwards of 40′. His artistic growth took on another form in 2000 when he was introduced to stone carving. Putting hammer and chisel to stone allows him a refreshing change of pace in art and gives him new ideas in form and design.
Richard’s personal inspirations come mostly from the pay of light and atmosphere and their effects on objects and landscapes. His most favorite subjects are the rolling hills and mountains of Pennsylvania along with its waterways, trees, and meadows. It’s not uncommon to see Richard in his outdoor studio carving stone or set up on the side of the road or stream bank with brush in hand. Here I can enjoy God’s creation and relish in the beauty he has given us to enjoy this short life.
“My primary goal is to capture a scene or create an object with emotional impact.It is very important for me to spend time studying varieties of from and the play of light on an object whether a landscape or stone. The highlights and shadows are essential, however the sounds, smells, the breeze ad all kinds of elements play a role in the emotional reaction we have to a particular place or object.”
“I try with every finished piece to maintain the integrity of the scene or object, while at the same time, breathing life into it. If I can do this and achieve an emotional reaction within the viewer, then I consider it a successful creation.”