Artist Richard Probert

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Richard H. Probert
My first teacher was my mother, a fashion illustrator and costume designer. Later, I started my formal education by studying classical drawing technique in my teens. I then acquired a BFA with concentration in sculpture. Finally I returned to my first love of painting when I met and studied with Gary David Hoffmann in his atelier. He taught me the traditional painting methods of the Boston School that he had learned from R.H. Ives Gammell (a student of Decamp, Tarbell and Paxton). I learned from Gary how to draw and to paint by careful observation and depiction of nature, not by following formulas.
I have been producing my oil paintings in plein air continuously since the 1970s. I do not work from photos. Rather, I return to a painting site numerous times, under the same light and weather conditions, developing my paintings well beyond the sketch level. Thus, my larger landscapes will seldom exhibit the sketchy look often associated with plein air work, though sometimes I employ broken color or brushwork to enhance a subject. I also do sketches and quick on-site studies, some of which are offered here.
I use no color formulas. Instead, while working on site, I carefully observe the scene before depicting its hues on canvas as they appear to the eye. I try to create paintings uniquely different, often seeking out the subtle variations in color gradation and tone. My art seeks to reveal the serene beauty of a certain place and time - a beauty often unnoticed by the hurried passer-by.
A list of exhibition locations follows – it is non-comprehensive and arranged by categories 
The Generous Critic Gallery, Grosse Pointe, MIWillis Gallery, Detroit, MIThe Detroit Artist’s Market, Detroit, MIMorseburg Gallery, West Hollywood, CAHong Gallery, Los Angeles, CACalifornia Art Club Gallery, San Marino, CAFirst Church Gallery, Springfield, MAGallery Gabrie, Pasadena, CAThe [...]

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