48″ x 36″
Oil on Canvas
Gallery Affiliation: Sharon Weiss Gallery
Highly regarded by both the public and his peers, central Ohio landscape painter Rick L. Akers is well known for his art painted en plein aire” – which is French for “painting under the open sky.” His love of nature makes this style a natural selection.
While the vast majority of Rick Akers’ prolific offerings are created in and around the vistas of central Ohio, he has documented varied scenes in nature across the continental United States, producing artistic compositions from Maine to Montana, Michigan to Florida.
Heavily influence by Van Gogh, Gauguin, Degas, and Monet, Rick Akers emulates these Impressionists/Post Impressionists’ visions of color and movement. Van Gogh himself described the vitality of color in his work, admonishing “You can’t be at the pole and equator at the same time. You must choose your own line, as I hope to do, and it will probably be color.”
For Rick Akers, as with his Impressionist hero, color is his “line” just as the palette knife is his artist’s instrument. His non-traditional application of paint using only a palette knife models his preferred technique and distinctive style. Heavy paint is applied to board in mood-varying schemes – sometimes subdued and quiet, but more often spontaneous and vivid. One can feel the energy exuding from his work.