Participating Artists

Richard Prather

Oil, Wildlife


Biography / Artist Statement

Atmospheric landscapes comprise the largest part of Richard’s work today. The challenge to capture the subtle nuances of shadow and light drives his pursuit in painting the canyons and mountains of the Southwest. Richard is largely self-taught having started painting in the late 70’s. He is quick to point out that besides the 30 plus years of study and painting on his own he credits the many workshops from some of the very best plein air artists working today with having the largest impact on the quality of his work. Recent successes in plein air events and acceptances in to numerous national juried shows attest to that fact. Richard currently lives in Placitas, New Mexico with his wife Sharla and their dog Louie.


  • 2016 Award of Excellence in Oils, PAPNM Annual Members Show, Sorrel Sky Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
  • Award of Excellence, Encantada, Find Arts Building, Albuquerque, NM
  • Award of Excellence in Oil or Acrylic, Santa Fe Plein Air Festival, Plein Air Painters NM
  • The Museum of Texas Tech University, Art on the Llano Estacado, Invitational Show
  • Master Works of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
  • Albuquerque Museum of Art, Miniatures and More Invitational
  • Oil Painters of America, Western Regional Exhibition, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Master Class Finalist, ArtMuse On-Line Art Contest, Juror Terry Miura
  • Award of Excellence, Santa Fe Plein Air Art Festival, Santa Fe, NM
  • Telluride Plein Air Invitational, Telluride, CO
  • Art for the Endangered Landscape, Pagosa Springs, CO
  • Paint the Rockies, Estes Park, CO