Rich Rawling is a painter, volunteer English teacher, adventure cyclist, and retired graphic designer. He graduated with a B.A. in Fine Art from the University of Waterloo. He is currently based in Squamish, BC, Canada.
He will paint anywhere but he finds warm environments help to loosen the reflexes that get a bit tight during the colder months in West Coast Canada.
Rich is interested primarily in the emergence of suggestive forms and mysterious atmosphere that can magically occur during the watercolour painting process. He may start with concrete subjects like buildings or trees but then bows in surrender to the forces of flow and gravity that create surprises in a finished work. Big flat brushes and an Ex-acto knife are his tools of choice.
Unless otherwise noted Rich’s paintings are ‘float’ mounted in white, contemporary frames. The float mounting exposes the interesting edges of the watercolour paper, typically Arches 140-lb or 300-lb cold-press cotton paper. The paper is mounted to acid-free substrate. They are framed behind standard glass or plexi.