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Richard Willson

Richard Willson Painting

Los Angeles, CA

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Richard Willson is a plein air and landscape painter in Los Angeles, California. A co-founder of the Mount Washington Plein Air Painters, his work seeks to create empathetic observation of the interaction of the natural and built environments. The geographic focus of his work is the communities of Northeast Los Angeles.

Willson's art is influenced by the urgency of global environmental challenges. He sees plein air painting as a way of understanding and appreciating nature and human activity, leading to the view that "observation is environmentalism". Plein air painting places the artist in a context of changing light, weather, seasonal variations, and plant cycles. It also provides opportunity to observe human activity with nature. In Willson's case, a bridge, road, or building is often seen in relation to natural settings.

Willson's paintings are a parallel effort to his research and teaching activities on environmental sustainability as a professor at Cal Poly Pomona. Willson holds a Ph.D. in Urban Planning and has studied art at Otis Parsons Institute in Los Angeles.

 
 

Carrot

 
 

Seagreen

 
 

Olive

 
 

Plum

 
 

Ochre

 
 

Maroon

 
 

Rust

 
 

Tomato

 
 

Ultramarine

 
 

Mango

 
 

Brick

 
 

Indigo

 
 

Avenue 50 Studio

 
 

cChicken Boy

 
 

Jesus is Salvation

 
 

Highland Park Theatre

 
 

Jackson Browne's House

 
 

View Out of Avenue 50 Studio

 
 

View from the Good Girls Cafe

 
 

110 Freeway South

 
 

110 Freeway South II

 
 

Kevin's Roof

 
 

San Rafael Bridge

 
 

Avenue 50 Studio

 
 

Orange Mustang