Tuesday, December 04, 2007

[Coweta Arts Tidbits] City of Newnan Artist of Month Announced

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Composed By:  Forrest W. Schultz  770-583-3258     schultz_forrest@yahoo.com
December 4, 2007
Newnan City Hall Announces Artist of Month
     The following announcement has just been released by Gina Lau Snider, the Public Information Officer of the City of Newnan concerning the new "Artist of the Month" whose paintings are currently being displayed at City Hall.
Call it fate or simply coincidence, but when   Clayton   State University 's art professor, Tommy Daughtry filled in for the school's traveling art history professor, the life of student Richard Doss was forever changed.  When Daughtry viewed Richard's assigned self-portrait, he encouraged the talented student to pursue a major in art. A tremendous influence, the  professor riddled his first year art students with drawing exercises, emphasizing its importance in the future of their art. When Richard became the events photographer for the school, he again found a mentor 
in Daughtry, who was also exploring photography as an art form. Later transferring to   Georgia   State , Richard achieved his Bachelor of Visual 
Arts degree with a major in photography and minors in art history, drawing and painting, printmaking and jewelry making. Richard later studied for several years at the Atlanta College of Art. Meeting Nancy Honea at the ACA in 1991 sparked his interest in the  art of portraiture. 
She guided, and continues to as a friend and mentor, Richard for several  years of study. A constant student, Richard has gone on to study with many regional and nationally known figures.
Richard finds great fascination with capturing the nobility and infinitely expressive nature of God's ultimate earthly creation, man. Richard has several themes that he continues to visit. One is the rendering of historical carousel horses, aircraft paintings of World Wars I and II, and other subjects with an old-time or historical significance. As well as subjects  that rekindle the memories of 
childhood innocence. Recently one of Richard's carousel horse paintings, 'Steed to Dreamland', won Best of Show at a Newnan-Coweta Art Association exhibition. Richard also occasionally paints subjects to which he gleefully assigns thought provoking titles to guide the viewer into the often secret realms of the image.
Richard is most at home using drawing media such as pastels, charcoal, and graphite, but is equally adept to painting. He explains, in picturesque speech, "Picking up a piece of charcoal or pastel is so immediate and direct. Maybe  even a bit primal, much like the first cave dweller who picked up a piece of burnt wood and scrawled on the cave walls his expression of the world around him."
The "biggest thrill" of Richard's art career came in 1994, when his pastel painting, 'Transformation', was exhibited at the Woodruff Arts 
Center in Atlanta in a show entitled, Interpretations of Angels, that was held in conjunction with a two-part play called "Angels in   America ." 
Stained glass design has been another successful outlet for Richard's creativity. The talented artist did some of the glass work for the Fox Theatre's restoration. Many of his designs grace homes and businesses in the Metro Atlanta area.
Richard has been challenged in recent years by health problems, but still he endeavors to be the best artist he can be. As workshops have become difficult for him, Richard has turned to concentrated study from books and demonstrations.
Richard has been in many shows, both group and one man, and also has won many awards over the years. He recently was featured in FOLIO, a magazine that caters to portrait artists and brokers nationwide.
In addition to this exhibit you can see more of Richard's work as well as other NCAA members by visiting the NCAA website and accessing the Artists Galleries page.
Richard is a member of the Newnan-Coweta Art Association. NCAA meets the third Thursday each month (from September through May) at the   Harriet   Alexander Art   Center on   Hospital Road at 7:00 p.m. Visitors and new members are welcome. An art demonstration is presented each month. Come and join the fun. NCAA website: www.newcaa.com
Gina L. Snider
Public Information Officer/ Assistant to City Manager
o: 770.253.2682 ext. 203
f: 770.254.2353
c: 770.294.1559
P.O. Box 1193 (30263 -1193)
25 LaGrange Street
Newnan, GA 30263
city website:  www.ci.newnan.ga.us
The City of
Newnan, Georgia

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