Sometimes you paint something because it's important.
Sometimes you paint something and it becomes important because of the time you spend with it.
And how much more gentle the second one is,
when you show up,
it lets you in.
Walking around my home in Savannah, Georgia, I am compelled to stop and look longer at certain moments. There is a wordless recognition in some places that strikes unexpectedly. Are these places somehow related to my memories? Or is this simply the experience of encountering beauty? Perhaps that moment of wonder contains all the generalities and specificities of who we are in the environment. Nature has order, and my system of painting imitates that. I get a sense of accomplishment when I study the landscape and find its hidden geometry. Inside one of my small plein air paintings I have distilled all that is in my view into a few strong statements of color, value, and shape. This is an exercise of continually asking "What is? Is this what is?" until finally I happen upon the statement, "This is now".
A native of Sewanee, Tennessee, Richardson holds a B.F.A. and a M.A.T. from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She spent a year at the Marchutz School of Painting and Drawing in Aix-en-Provence France. The school focuses on perception and the theories of Cezanne, whose studio was a few meters from the school. The Vermont Studio Center awarded her a scholarship for a month long residency. She has also studied the landscape at the Art Student's League in NYC, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and the New York Studio School of Painting and Drawing. She lives and works in Savannah, Georgia.