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Artist Richard Jordan


An example of fine art by Richard Jordan

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  • FASO Artist Website: http://artistrichardjordan.com

  • Year Born: N/A

  • Price Range: $250.00 - $550.00
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Biography


   I began plein air painting in 1997 and it changed my life. I knew I had found what my inner artist had longed for.  At that time, I was mid-way through a 28 year career with the Kalamazoo Gazette as a page designer and illustrator. In 2008, I formed the Plein Air Artists of West Michigan and continue to serve as its director today. I began teaching plein air workshops in 2013 and find them very energizing and beneficial to my own growth as an artist.
     I study the works of the American Tonalists and American Impressionists. The Tonalists sought to capture mood and the spiritual  harmony of nature, while the Impressionists were less concerned with emotion and instead painted the effects of light and shadow. Both schools relied heavily on plein air painting, either as finished works in themselves or as studies for larger studio paintings. 
     Soaking in the surrounding landscape is as important to me as the painting itself. The sights, sounds and smells all play a role in my energy and mood right up to the final stroke of color. 
Artist, Phil Dike wrote, “A painting is good not because it looks like something, but rather because it feels like something.” I firmly believe that's true and hope with each painting, I get a little closer to that goal.  
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