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Lived/Active: North Carolina      Known for: impressionist landscape, still life

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Biography from Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art:
Richard Oversmith received formal training in Fine Art and Illustration at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan. While at Kendall he was invited to study at the Royal College of Art in London, England. There he gained experience in plein-air painting and found direction in his work as an oil painter.

He graduated from Kendall College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1995 and moved back to his home state of North Carolina to pursue his dream of becoming a professional artist.

The natural beauty of Western North Carolina has proven to offer infinite inspiration for Oversmith's impressionistic landscapes. He surrounds himself in the elements of the scene, truly en plein air fashion. He also paints portraits with the goal of achieving not only the likeness of his subjects, but the essence of their being. In the studio, he lets his intuitive creativity produce still lifes that range from the classic to the imaginative.

One of the artist's aims in painting is to provoke the viewer to interact with his pieces. His paintings are his voice, and stroke by stroke, he composes a whole that relates his vision. Overstreet works in oil on linen, a medium compatible with the passion he puts into his creation. He strives to achieve a mood in every painting through the use of such visual stimuli as color, edges, value, and drawing. He has derived his style from the lifelong study of past masters, the influence of contemporary painters he admires, and visual elements evolving from deep within himself. He allows the setting to speak to him, creating only as many brushstrokes as are needed for the viewer's eyes to understand and connect.



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