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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.

 

110 Freeway South II by Richard Willson

 

Kevin's Roof by Richard Willson

 

San Rafael Bridge by Richard Willson

 

Avenue 50 Studio by Richard Willson

 

Orange Mustang by Richard Willson

 

The Holy Trinity by Richard Willson

 

Elyria Canyon by Richard Willson

 

Park La Brea by Richard Willson

 

Grand Canyon II by Richard Willson

 

Grand Canyon I by Richard Willson

 

Capital Reef by Richard Willson

 

Tree of Life by Richard Willson

 

Along the Escalante River by Richard Willson

 

Climbing out of Zion by Richard Willson

 

Chama River Outside Abiquiu by Richard Willson

 

On the Way to Granite Point by Richard Willson

 

Kayenta Bridge by Richard Willson

 

White House Ruins by Richard Willson

 

Zion National Park by Richard Willson

 

Canyon de Chelly by Richard Willson

 

Tree of Life Study by Richard Willson

 

Monument Valley by Richard Willson

 

4 J Nissan by Richard Willson

 

Morro Rock by Richard Willson

 

The Pelican by Richard Willson

 

Broadway Bridge by Richard Willson

 

Frank McCourt's Last View by Richard Willson

 

Division Street Revisited by Richard Willson

 

Red Tree by Richard Willson

 

Gnarly by Richard Willson

 

Phone Lines by Richard Willson

 

The Figueroa Corridor by Richard Willson

 

LA River Bikepath by Richard Willson

 

Under Fletcher Revisited by Richard Willson

 

Sincere Gifts by Richard Willson

 

Keyhole by Richard Willson

 

The Arroyo Seco by Richard Willson

 

110 North Revisited by Richard Willson

 

Southern Pacific by Richard Willson

 

Hot Wheels by Richard Willson

 

Off at Fig by Richard Willson

 

Rush by Richard Willson

 

110 North by Richard Willson

 

Atomic Cafe by Richard Willson

 

Headlong by Richard Willson

 

Freeway in the garden by Richard Willson

 

Abandoned Stairs by Richard Willson

 

Truck and a School Bus by Richard Willson