Throughout December the Mountain Arts Center is presenting Richard Nunemaker's "Paintings of Exotic Creatures and Familiar Kentucky Horses" in the Art Gallery.
Richard Nunemaker was born in Indiana in 1946 and has drawn wildlife since an early age. Self taught, his realistic style and bright colors create beautiful pieces of art. He was inspired by his love of nature and joy in painting a variety of wildlife. Richard's aim is to capture an intrinsic moment with the animal in its natural habitat. He has a home in Dwale, and he and his wife reside in Richmond.
Richard went to Vietnam in 1969 as a combat artist, the skills he learned from this exposure to military life in Vietnam became an integral part of his paintings. In 1978 he put his painting career on hold to go into the billboard business. That hiatus lasted 20 years. He retired in 1998 and is now able to dedicate all of his time to paintings and in travel to zoos.
He tries to create a composition designed to reflect the inherent artistry of nature. His paintings reveal the love for art coupled with a lifelong love for nature and animals. His acrylic paintings include mostly exotic animals and a few warriors from several different African tribes. He paints these exotic subjects because they are a part of our present history that may not always be around. Richard knows that due to several acts of humans these creatures are at risk and this concerns him. These are magnificent creatures, and we need to protect them. The plight of the mountain gorillas are of the greatest concern to him. The poaching of the gorillas and the growth of agriculture in their habitat is something that must be stopped and controlled. We must work together to preserve these magnificent creatures.
The Mountain Arts Center is open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and whenever there is a show. Call toll free 1-888-622-2787 or locally 886-2623 for schedule of hours.