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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.

 

Bridge abutments by Richard Willson

 

Chestnut Street by Richard Willson

 

Trains Automobiles and a Dumpster by Richard Willson

 

Across the Verdugo Hills by Richard Willson

 

Glass House by Richard Willson

 

County Hospital by Richard Willson

 

Taylor Yards by Richard Willson

 

Colorado Street Bridge by Richard Willson

 

Devil's Gate Dam by Richard Willson

 

Shakespeare Bridge Number Two by Richard Willson

 

Division Street by Richard Willson

 

Santa Cruz Island by Richard Willson

 

Mid century modern by Richard Willson

 

Adel's Garden by Richard Willson

 

An Empty Chair by Richard Willson

 

Barkers Dam by Richard Willson

 

Jumbo Rocks by Richard Willson

 

Shakespeare Bridge Number One by Richard Willson

 

Shakespeare Bridge Number Three by Richard Willson

 

Hollywood Hills by Richard Willson

 

Armstrong Woods by Richard Willson

 

Mount Wilson Trail by Richard Willson

 

Russian River by Richard Willson

 

Cal Poly Pomona by Richard Willson

 

Cal Tech by Richard Willson

 

Malibu Canyon by Richard Willson

 

Glowing Tree by Richard Willson

 

Mount Washington Drive in Spring by Richard Willson

 

Mount Washington Black Walnut by Richard Willson

 

Devils Gate Looking North by Richard Willson

 

Plein air painter at work by Richard Willson

 

Pumphouse by Richard Willson

 

City Hall by Richard Willson

 

Central Park Pasadena by Richard Willson

 

Mount Washington Hotel by Richard Willson

 

Cal Tech by Richard Willson

 

Birdman by Richard Willson

 

Avenue 26 looking north by Richard Willson

 

Verdant Stables by Richard Willson

 

Los Angeles River through Fletcher Street Bridge by Richard Willson

 

Los Angele River at Fletcher Street by Richard Willson

 

From Jack Smith Trail on a summer morning by Richard Willson

 

Arroyo Seco by Richard Willson

 

Hermon Dog Park by Richard Willson

 

Quiet Chapel by Richard Willson

 

Audubon Center Los Angeles by Richard Willson

 

The Edge of Rome by Richard Willson

 

Mattinata Italy by Richard Willson