Richard’s landscapes are inspired by the natural beauty of western North Carolina’s countryside, although he has also painted in various other regions across the U.S. as well as abroad. His style is inspired by his study of past masters, contemporary artists that he admires, and his own artistic development. Richard works in oil on linen and strives to provoke an interaction between the viewer and his piece of art work. Each of his works evokes a certain mood, as a result of Richard’s use of color, edges, value, and drawing. Whether he is developing a landscape or still life, Richard is inspired by the scene in which he is working as well as his own imagination.
Richard Oversmith completed his training in Fine Art and Illustration at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1995. During this time, he also studied at the Royal college of Art in London, England, where he practiced plein air painting and realized his passion for oil painting. After graduation, Richard returned home to North Carolina to work as a professional artist.