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  • RichardDevine
  • Joined: Thu Feb 20, 2014 9:08 am
  • Last visited: Mon Jan 09, 2017 4:05 pm
  • Member Type: Artist/Photographer
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  • My Real Name Richard Devine
  • Location: Dunnellon, FL
  • Age: 74
  • Occupation: Artist, Illustrator
  • Interests: Colored pencil painting, Watercolor painting, Period furniture making, Gardening, Southern Appalachians hiking
  • About Me: Two things have always dominated my life - a passion to create, and a love of the outdoors. I grew up in rural Long Island, New York, exploring the surrounding woodlands and developing a curiosity for the natural world. That curiosity stuck with me as I grew older and eventually led to college degrees in biology and marine science, as well as freelance work illustrating science articles.
    After college I spent a brief time as a technical illustrator but found the work too restrictive. I still longed for the outdoors and for more freedom to create. After moving to Florida in search of employment in the marine sciences, a chance and very serendipitous meeting led to a position as Designer and Head Gardener of a large country estate in north central Florida. There, I was fortunate enough to be able to combine my love of nature with my passion for creativity, and design gardens for the next thirty two years.
    After retirement the passion to create was still everpresent and I contemplated satisfying that passion by painting scenes of both natural and man made beauty. I resolved to paint natural landscapes and gardens - attempting to put as much realism into my work as possible while retaining a painted quality.
    Although my range of subjects is varied, I specialize in landscapes and botanicals. My medium of choice is colored pencil. It is a meticulous medium, requiring large expenditures of time, but I find that colored pencil draws me into the world I am creating, exploring every detail and nuance, appreciating every aspect. Another medium I am attracted to and enjoy working in is watercolor, for it allows for more freedom and spontaneity. Even so, I am more drawn to detail in my paintings, so that quality shows in all of my work.
    My landscapes are of both man made and natural subjects. The man made landscapes - homes and the gardens associated with them - are meant to be personal. I endeavor to capture the relationship of the site to its owner and caretaker.
    My natural landscapes are of the undeveloped areas we often go to for solitude and reflection, recreation and excitement. The paintings often include wildlife, for they are an integral part of the natural world. I try to capture the feeling as well as the visual nature of the scene.
    The botanicals that I create depict plants in their natural environments as well as cultivated plants in a garden settings.

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by RichardDevine on Mon Feb 24, 2014 10:12 am
Thank you very much, Jenn.
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by jenn_iam on Thu Feb 20, 2014 7:51 pm
Hi Richard - Greetings and Welcome to ASC! Your work is wonderful! We hope you will find our art forums and galleries not only fun, informative, and helpful in your artistic pursuits, but also a positive path to getting connected with a worldwide artistic community / family. All the best; Jenn & the ASC Staff!
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Re: Work In Progress: Board of Directors Meeting, Update 1 on Wed Oct 19, 2016 1:02 pm View the latest post
Work In Progress: Board of Directors Meeting (Pelicans), Update 2 The last week has been a little ro...
Work In Progress: Board of Directors Meeting, Update 1 on Sun Oct 09, 2016 1:35 pm View the latest post
Work In Progress: Update 1, Board of Directors Meeting (Pelicans) Recently, one of my students share...
Re: Pelicans on Fri Sep 30, 2016 10:40 am View the latest post
Work in Progress: Pelicans, Update 3 The Pelicans and Finishing Up More detail went into the Pelican...
Re: Pelicans on Tue Sep 20, 2016 10:45 am View the latest post
Work in Progress: Pelicans, Update 2 I’ve decided to do an underpainting once again and I’ll be doin...
Re: Pelicans on Wed Sep 14, 2016 10:34 am View the latest post
Thank you for your interest. I hope, by exposing my thoughts as I progress, I can help others to pla...

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Sandpipers, accepted to CPSA Explore This 11 on Thu Jan 15, 2015 3:25 pm
I was pleased to find that my painting "Sandpipers: Canaveral National Seashore has been juried into the Colored Pencil Society of America's Explore This 11 Competition. I feel honored to be recognized...
Sandpipers juried into Coutts Museum Paint the Parks on Thu Oct 30, 2014 7:22 pm
I just received notice that my painting "Sandpipers: Canaveral National Seashore" was juried into the 8th Annual Paint the Parks competition sponsored by Coutts Museum in El Dorado, Kansas. Paint...
Colored Pencil Portrait accepted into Colored Pencil Treasures on Thu Sep 18, 2014 2:48 pm
I was very pleased and honored to find out that my colored pencil painting "Raine and Megan" was chosen for inclusion in Colored Pencil Treasures, Volume III due out later this fall. This annual...
Do my paintings look professional? on Mon Jul 07, 2014 8:03 am
I’m never quite sure if my paintings are professional looking, and they never seem to look as though they belong in the same class as those of some other artists whose work I admire. I want my paintings t...
St Augustine Nature and Wildlife Exhibit on Mon Jun 23, 2014 9:18 am
This past Friday I received an email from the St Augustine Art association informing me that one of my paintings, Sandpipers: Canaveral National Seashore, had been accepted into the Association’s Fifth A...