My paintings make tangible my interest in space, depth, motion and color, things that have held my interest for as long as I have been looking around me. I love to work with the intersection of different paints by applying them to the paper and both controlling and not controlling their interactions. At times I break them back down into their original color characters or they may create colors that would not otherwise be on the paper. I like working on paper because it is really flexible which lets me move the paint around in more ways and absorbs the paint in ways I like.
Nature and some aspects of the human-constructed environment inspire me or, perhaps more accurately, awe me. I am not trying to create a pre-conceived vision of anything or mimic my surroundings. My paintings have scenes and characters galore that have emerged from the various paints I have applied. The only thing I plan before I start is what colors I will use first. I start out painting and follow where it is going. I might have an idea about something at some point that later disappears into a later idea. As I work I keep the surface fluid in both literal and/or metaphorical senses.
Richard Fishman was born in Boston and grew up nearby. He attended Bennington College where he studied with Pat Adams and Philip Wofford and received a degree in fine arts. Later Richard attended California College of the Arts in San Francisco/Oakland where he received a BFA in graphic design and illustration. Richard had a decades-long career as a graphic designer and has lived in New York, London, San Francisco, Vermont and DC before moving to Cape Cod. He maintains a painting studio at his home in Stow, Massachusetts.