Shore Series (b), #31. 2016 (See: Recent Works)
Richard Wiegmann’s work reveals his strong affinity with the natural/created world. Whether hiking in the Rockies, investigating Oregon tide pools, rafting through the Grand Canyon, snorkeling in the Florida Keys or exploring the flora and fauna of the Galapagos Islands and Costa Rica, his experiences provide vivid imagery, a complex visual vocabulary and a sense of abstract order. They are a source of wonder, mystery and metaphor: a stone is not only a stone; a cave is not merely darkness; a shore is more than water. His vision has also been shaped by living within both urban and rural contexts. He was born and raised in Los Angeles, spent nearly a half year in Paris, and currently maintains a studio in Portland, Oregon. He was a professor of art at a liberal arts college in a small Midwest town.