“A tree is a powerful symbol that can represent protection and wisdom as well as personify a human being or teach us about our past,” says Arizona painter Reid Richardson. “A tree has been used for centuries in many cultures as a symbol of hope and connection with the divine.”
Richardson’s latest paintings, which focus on the nature of change by visually combining the movement of clouds with the evolution of a tree, are on display in the show “Reid Richardson-Transforming Vitality” that opens on April 21 at The Globe Gallery.
In preparation for this show, Richardson decided to not only spontaneously paint on canvas, as he has been doing for many years, but also allow ideas to develop and flow prior to painting by creating sketches before picking up a paintbrush.
“My most recent work focuses on the various metaphors a tree provides,” adds Richardson, a native of Sacramento, California who graduated from Arizona State University’s painting program and has been a resident of Phoenix for 20 years. “I have combined the abstract nature of cumulous clouds, my favorite subject matter, with the structure of a tree to create a visual mystery.”
A few paintings in the show hone in on close-up details of wood and bark, while several others focus on the sky and are devoid of any trees at all. “This show is about change and evolution,” Richardson explains.