2013 Featured Artist: Richard Christian

The Waterfowl Festival is thrilled to announce Richard (Dick) Christian as the 2013 Festival Featured Artist. Following successful partnerships with sculptor, Don Rambadt in 2011 and painter, Mark Eberhard in 2012, Christian is the third artist to be tapped for this honor. The Festival’s Featured Artist Program seeks to identify and showcase artists and their work that depict the Festival’s signature waterfowling subject matter in a new and unique way.

kaleidoscope for web“We couldn’t be happier to be partnering with Dick this year,” commented Waterfowl Festival Executive Director, Judy Price. “He is always a joy to have at the Festival and we appreciate his long-time support of our mission to conserve the wildlife and nature that inspires the art we display. His innovative techniques appeal to new and returning visitors and we look forward to hosting him in November.”

Christian, a self-taught artist, has always worked in design and has made painting his full-time passion for the past 44 years. Working in both watercolor and acrylic, his style has evolved throughout his career and most of his recent work is done using an innovative palette knife technique where the artist paints using a knife rather than a brush. Like spreading peanut butter on a piece of bread, the artist uses the palette knife to spread and dab paint on paper or canvas to create a piece with a variety of unique textures.

Anecdotally, Christian fine-tuned his palette knife technique following an especially frustrating baseball season with the high school team he coached.  While the team eventually improved, the palette knife technique stuck resulting in a new way to present his artistic vision.

Christian and his wife, Jane, are familiar and friendly faces at the Festival, having exhibited in Easton since 1983. Christian’s work is part of numerous private and corporate collections, and has been twice chosen for the prestigious Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum Birds in Art Show.

“Jane and I couldn’t be more honored and thrilled that I was selected as the 2013 Featured Artist,” comments Christian. “We have been coming to the show since the early 1980’s and have always loved it. Every year when we get back I start painting for the following year, and this year I’ll be working extra hard.  We love coming to Easton because of the people – the Festival staff, volunteers and visitors all bring a special excitement to the event.”