Artist Bob Richey

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   Bob Richey was born in Philadelphia in 1949.  Bob graduated from Penn State University in 1971, earning a B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering. During a 25 year engineering career designing and analyzing aircraft structures with the United States Navy, Bob always maintained his childhood passion for creating works of art. Bob is mainly self taught although he did study with several local professional artists during his early period with the goal of perfecting his own artwork to a professional level. His dream of someday becoming a full time professional artist came true in 1996, when he was able to take advantage of an early retirement offer from his engineering position.    Bob's passion for creating art led him first to watercolor before he finally settled on soft pastels as his primary medium. Bob truly enjoys drawing and painting with soft pastels. He usually concentrates on relatively small format landscapes, completed in a single sitting. Bob likes to compare his drawings to a short story, communicating a simple theme, a subtle mood. Working in a modest scale allows him to explore many compositions and capture the essence of the moment on paper.  Bob's works put a strong emphasis on both composition and color.    Bob's work has won dozens of awards at both the regional and national level.  Highlights of Bob's art career are listed below.
   The artist's profile is maintained on the James Michener Museum's website under the category, "Bucks County Artists".    Bob was one of the 50 artists featured in the book, "Artists of the River Towns," by Doris Brandes.  The artist has also been featured in many magazine and newspaper articles including Bucks County Town & Country Living magazine and Nouveau magazine.    Since 1996 over 4000 of the artist's original pastels [...]

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