October 6 watercolor demonstration by Richard Martinez
Richard Martinez says in his artist’s statement, “I paint because I love the world. As a child I used to grab my sketchbook and wander through the colleges to study the light through the trees, I was always in awe of the world around me. I see the beauty in the light and paint all that surrounds me—it can be a city scene, an old boat, a landscape or a man playing checkers. Painting the world makes me feel connected to the world. Putting together colors on canvas is like completing a puzzle. I respond to the shapes, contrasts and even the sounds of each color as it touches the canvas.”
Richard won many scholarships in his youth and studied at Chouinard’s Art Institute (now California Institute of the Arts) and earned a Master’s degree in Art from Claremont Graduate School. He taught painting, drawing, ceramics, and photography at Claremont High School for 36 years, and Chaffey College for over a decade. During his teaching career he continued to show and sell his work throughout Southern California. He has served on the board of the
National Watercolor Society, and is a signature artist for Watercolor West. He will be participating in the upcoming film and book project dedicated to the life and career of Milford Zornes, one of his mentors. You won’t want to miss the watercolor demo by this very talented and passionate artist!