Richard McDiarmid is a signature member of both the Federation of Canadian Artists (SFCA) and the Northwest Watercolor Society (NWWS) and is a lifetime member of Painters at Painters, a prestigious B.C. artists peer group. His many award winning paintings have been exhibited in solo shows, group shows and international shows including, The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, the Federation of Canadian Artists, and the Northwest Watercolor Society (NWWS). Examples of his paintings and articles have appeared in a number of publications including International Artists Magazine. Richards paintings can be found in commercial galleries and corporate and private collections in many countries worldwide.
Working in oils or acrylics and other watermedia, the artist uses various forming processes and a random or more explorative start in developing the visual image. A love of paint and creative process is evident in the energized surfaces that result. “Like the art of short story telling, I enjoy paintings that integrate human activity and surroundings in a visual narrative that invites the viewer in, to discover and explore, to complete the story or continue the inner journey or experience. I believe all physical form is “light and sound”- a vibration of creative and universal essence that we both experience and express in our daily endeavours. Painting is but one way to express our relationship with this essence or life force. In the painting process I hope in some way, to capture or bridge the physicality of our outer lives with the non visible current that flows through all life. I am continually fascinated by the movement of light, pattern and the interactive nature of colour that can be explored in developing a painting concept.”