This painting is a studio piece that came about as a result of painting en plein air for several days in the Rio Chama Canyon Wilderness.  It was an unusually wet spring in Northern New Mexico and much greener that normal.  The brilliant greens contrasted with the rich red of the canyon walls.  The Rio Chama Canyon Wilderness is a pristine area near the Ghost Ranch, the heart of Georgia O'Keefe country. It is absolutely one of my favorite locations to paint. This piece is on linen canvas board and will need a frame for display.

- Richard Prather

Take Me to the River

Oil painting on canvas board
Signed on front

20" h x 30" w x .25" d
0 lbs. 10 oz.



Richard Prather
Placitas, New Mexico

Getting to Know Richard

Richard specializes in Western landscapes that straddle the line between impressionism and realism. His finely articulated scenes of the American Southwest are often painted en plein air (outside) to capture the essence of the rugged yet peaceful terrain. Richard is a biologist by vocation, and spent 30 years working for the Environmental Protection Agency. His career led him to Texas and Louisiana where he sought out local Western artists to teach him in the evenings. He eventually began to study plein air painting with top American painters, and he was able to develop his technique to its full potential. Richard now spends his time camping or traveling to areas of natural interest so he can paint or source photographs to take back to his home art studio in New Mexico.