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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
A resident of Los Angeles, California, Gerald Rahm is a pastel artist who focuses on city subjects--buildings, people, and vegetation. He is a member of the California Art Club and is inspired by Emil Kosa, Jr., scene painter.

He attributes influences on his work to the painting of John Singer Sargent and William Merritt Chase; his favorite medium is pastel. He works with the palm of his hand and fingers, as though they were brushes.

Rahm works on as many as five paintings a day, and often walks to the scenes he wishes to paint, pulling a 70-pound hand cart loaded with painting supplies. He visits his locations at various times of the day to capture the most effective patterns of light and usually finishes them en plein air.

Source: Pastel Journal, November/December 2003

Biography from George Stern Fine Arts:

Born in Toledo, Ohio in 1951, Gerald Rahm was interested in art from a young age.  He was copying Time Magazine covers by age 7 and won a scholarship to attend the Columbus School of Art and Design after high school.  Declining the scholarship to follow other pursuits, Rahm turned his focus exclusively toward art for the next ten years.  After moving to Fort Myers, Florida and working in the construction trade for a few years, he enrolled in the South Florida Art Institute in 1985.  There he passionately studied figure drawing and painting, art theory and still-life.

While Gerald Rahm works in both oils and pastels, he is committed to helping bring the medium of pastel to the height of respect that it held in the 18th Century.  He is a consummate plein-air artist, working at a single site at the same time every day ensuring that the light and shadows are consistent.  Working in this manner, it may take as much as 3 to 4 weeks to finish a single piece, if the weather cooperates.

Light of day is the most important quality that Rahm seeks to capture in his paintings. He says, "the way the sunshine turns golden in the California fall afternoon, the heavy mist that invades the Santa Monica mountains at unpredictable times during the summer, the peaceful solitude of an ordinary backyard.  These are the masterpieces of nature....As great as the influences that have propelled me to this point, none is as great as nature herself."

A multiple award winner, Gerald Rahm exhibits thoughout Southern California and his work can be found in many important corporate collections.

Member: California Art Club, Signature member of Pastel Society of America

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