Richard Willson Painting







Richard Willson

Richard Willson Painting

Los Angeles, CA


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.


Rome Junkyard by Richard Willson


Rome Summer by Richard Willson


Edge of Rome by Richard Willson


Taylor Yard by Richard Willson


Griffith Park Ranger Station by Richard Willson


Mount Washington Stairway by Richard Willson


Looking up from Talyor Yards by Richard Willson


Hot Summer by Richard Willson


Los Angeles River by Richard Willson


Arroyo Bridges by Richard Willson


Griffth Park by Richard Willson


Mount Washington by Richard Willson


Upslope by Richard Willson


Jack Smith Trail by Richard Willson


Malibu State Park by Richard Willson


Hanging Summer by Richard Willson