Richard Rackus. Distant Sea

Richard Rackus

The secret of painting is to allow and not to think.” These sage words come from Richard Rackus, who at the age of 87, is considered by many to be one of the most important California plein-air painters working today.

Rackus’s gifts bloomed at an early age. At age 8 he painted pastel landscapes on the walls of his parents’ home and by 9 he was exhibiting watercolors at their Detroit restaurant. When his family moved to California in 1936 the teenage Rackus became enamored of the paintings of the early California Revivalists. He “borrowed” several silver dollars from his father, bought a suit and tie, and rode the streetcar to the Biltmore Hotel to study the exhibition by George Wendt, Edgar Payne, and other members of the famed Eucalyptus School.

Rackus studied with Frank Tolles Chamberlain and Francis Murphy at the Chouinard Art Institute In Los Angeles and at the La Grande Chaumire Art School in Paris.

 

Richard Rackus. Twilight Mist

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