|"The motivation for my art is simple - Nature abounds with beautiful forms, colors and textures. I just have to paint it!"|
The beauty of nature provides inspiration for artist Robert A. Richert. He grew up in Southern California at a time when open space was more abundant than today. Many childhood days were spent exploring nearby fields and collecting small critters. He has an insatiable curiosity about the natural world, and he has always loved to draw and paint.
In 1969-70, he served as an infantryman with the U.S. Army in Vietnam and was awarded an Army Commendation Medal with a "V" Device for valor. After his military service, Robert attended California State University, Long Beach, and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree. Majoring in Scientific Illustration, he learned how to apply the knowledge and discipline of science to the creation of art.
For many years, Robert has shared his enthusiasm and knowledge about ecology by volunteering as an interpretive naturalist at local nature preserves. Through his volunteer time and his artwork, he has inspired many people toward a greater appreciation for the environment. Generous donations of his paintings and prints have raised thousands of dollars for conservation efforts.
Mr. Richert has pursued art full-time since 1980. For most of his early career, he specialized in wildlife subjects, and later began to devote more time to his passion for scenic beauty. Today, he loves to explore nature's most beautiful places and then transform these experiences into dramatic and visually exciting landscapes and seascapes.