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Richard Aaron

Richard Aaron paints still life with exactitude. The richness of the oil paints, the interplay of light and shadow, and the choice of subjects combine for a classic effect.

Soft spoken and modest, Aaron speaks of himself and his work: “ I was born in DeQueen, Arkansas, in 1965 and grew up in Hope, Arkansas, until 1975 when my family moved to Houston, Texas; I have lived here since. I have been drawing for as long as I can remember, but never considered art as a career until high school when I stumbled upon the works of the fantasy artists Frazetta and Boris Vallejo. All of my studies were focused on graphic and commercial art. It was during this time, however, that my interest in still life began to grow. I started studying the works of the Dutch and Flemish painters and began trying to emulate their styles and techniques. Although I did learn the basics of painting in college, the majority of my education was in graphic arts and illustration; I was somewhat on my own in trying to learn to paint like the Old Masters. Realistic still life was not very popular among painting instructors. Most of what I have learned has come from reading numerous books, listening to the advice of fellow artists, lots of trial and error, and constant hard work (painting, painting, painting). From 1987 to 1995, I worked as a graphic artist for a corporation in Houston. On the side, I freelanced as an illustrator and took on fine art commissions. In 1995, I decided to devote all of my time to fine art and illustration; I have been working as a full time artist since.”
Medium
  • Oil
Education
  • Associates Degree in Graphic Arts, San Jacinto Junior College, Pasadena, TX, 1986
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities, University of Texas, Clear Lake, TX, 1988


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