Artist talk on ‘Painting the New England landscape’

The Historical Society will host a presentation by Richard Whitney, an acclaimed artist from Stoddard, on “Painting the New England Landscape, Past and Present” on Sept. 23 at 7 p.m.

Whitney will show how such past masters as Cole, Bierstadt, Church, Inness, Metcalf, Bunker, and Hibbard have influenced his work. He will also compare photos of actual scenes along with his paintings of them to illustrate how he subtly changes reality.

The presentation is being held in conjunction with the society’s current exhibition, “64 Miles, The Ashuelot River,” which shows the Ashuelot River through the eyes of 44 artists.

Whitney learned to paint landscapes as part of his training as a portrait artist. “After struggling for a couple years learning to paint landscapes,” says Whitney, “I fell in love with them.”

Today more than 600 of his landscapes and portraits hang in private collections. He painted the official portrait of Mitt Romney as Governor of Massachusetts, and he has painted the portraits of six New Hampshire governors including Hugh Gallen, Judd and Hugh Gregg, John Sununu and John King.

Whitney is a follower of the Boston School of Painting, which goes back to R.H. Ives Gammell, Edmund Tarbell, William McGregor Paxton and Joseph DeCamp. He was taught by the legendary teacher and art historian R.H. Ives Gammell, who Whitney says “was teaching traditional representative painting at a time when everyone else was going abstract.”

Whitney’s painting continues in the tradition of the classic representative style, and in fact he has written a book on the topic which is being used by artists worldwide: “Painting the Visual Impression.”

This presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, call 352-1895 or visit

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