About the Artist


Richard Oversmith - Biography

Richard received formal training in Fine Art and Illustration at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan. While at Kendall he was invited to study at the Royal College of Art in London, England. There he gained experience in plein air painting and found direction in his work as an oil painter. He graduated from Kendall College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1995 and moved back to his home state of North Carolina to pursue his dream of becoming a professional artist.

The natural beauty of Western North Carolina has proven to offer infinite inspiration for Richard's impressionistic landscapes. From rolling mountains to abundant waterfalls, the majestic Biltmore Estate to a simple farm scene, this region evokes the artist’s muse. Richard finds inspiration not only at home but in his many travels. He has painted all over the USA and has taken several trips overseas to France and Itlay. Whether at home or abroad, Richard surrounds himself in the elements of the scene while painting, in true "en plein air" fashion. In the studio, his sense of vision and mood guide him to produce still lifes ranging from the classic to the imaginative.

Richard's purpose in painting is to provoke the viewer to interact with his pieces. His paintings are his voice, and stroke by stroke, he composes a whole that relates his vision. Richard works in oil on linen, a medium compatible with the passion he puts into his creation. He strives to achieve a mood in every painting through the use of such visual stimuli as color, edges, value and drawing. He has derived his style from the lifelong study of past masters, the influence of contemporary painters he admires, and elements that have evolved from deep within himself. He allows the setting to speak to him, creating only as many brushstrokes as are needed for the viewer's eyes to understand and connect.





1994 Summer Semester at the Royal College of Art; London, England
1995 BFA in Illustration from Kendall College of Art and Design; Grand Rapids, Michigan
2001 Week-long workshop with T. Allen Lawson at Scottsdale Artists' School; Scottsdale, Arizona


1999 - present Active member of Oil Painters Of America
2007 - present Member of Plein Air Painters of the Southeast

2011 - present Member of the American Impressionist Society 


2005 - present The Art Cellar; Banner Elk, North Carolina
2010 - present Skyuka Fine Art; Tryon, North Carolina
2011 - present J. M. Stringer Fine Art;  Bernardsville, New Jersey
2011 - present J. M. Stringer Fine Art;  Vero Beach, Florida

2012 - present Galerie on Broad; Charleston, South Carolina

2013 - present Warm Springs Gallery; Warm Spring, Virgina


2000 Three Person Show; 16 Patton
2001 OPA National Exhibit; Palm Springs, Califorina
2002 OPA National Exhibit; Chicago, Illinios
2002 Three Person Show; 16 Patton
2002 OPA Regional Exhibit; Richmond, Virginia
2003 Solo Exhibit; 16 Patton
2003 Paint-out Exhibit at Hamilton Gallery; Montreat; NC
2004 Best and the Brightest Show; Scottsdale Artists School
2004 Two Person Show; Ella Walton Richardson Gallery
2005 2nd Annual Plein-Air Show & Sale; Germanton Art Gallery
2005 Minature Show; Germanton Art Gallery
2006 3rd Annual Plein-Air Show & Sale; Germanton Art Gallery
2006 Richard Oversmith: New Work; 16 Patton
2006 Minature Show; Germanton Art Gallery
2007 4th Annual Plein-Air Show & Sale; Germanton Art Gallery
2007 Plein Air Perspectives; The Art Cellar
2007 France: Village to Sea; 16 Patton
2008 From the Home and Garden;  The Wells Gallery
2008 PAPSE Annual Paint-out and Sale;  Anderson Fine Art
2008 OPA National Exhibit;  Dana Gallery - Missoula, Montana
2008 Bold and the Beautiful;  ACofHC Hendersonville, NC
2008 Contemporary Visions: Portrait and Still Lifes;  16 Patton Gallery
2008 Group Figure Show;  The Wells Gallery
2008 Two Person Show;  The Wells Gallery
2008 Miniatures and Pochades: 16 Patton Gallery
2008 Landscapes: Of Hope and Glory;  16 Patton Gallery
2009  Salon International 2009,  Greenhouse Galery; San Antonio, TX
2009  Richard Oversmith: Recent works, Solo Show;  16 Patton Gallery
2009  5th Annual Plein Air Easton Show; Art Academy Museum, Easton, MD
2009  South Lands and Still life, Solo Show; The Crescent Gallery
2009  Paint Wilmington 2009, Group Show; Walls Gallery
2010  Callaway Garden Paint, Show and Sale; Callway Garden, Georgia
2010  Cashiers Paint Out and Sale;  Cashiers, North Carolina
2010  6th Annual Plein Air Easton Show; Art Academy Museum, Easton, MD
2010  Fleeting Glimpses, Solo Show; 16 Patton Gallery
2011 Of Similiar Vision, Two Man Show;  Campbell House Gallery  Southern Pines, North Carolina
2011 Richard Oversmith 'Recent Paintings'  Skyuka Fine Art  Tryon, North Carolina
2011 Salon International 2011, Greenhouse Gallery; San Antonio, Texas
2011 Summer Show,  JM Stringer Fine Art;  Bernardsville, New Jersey
2011 A Sense of Place,  PAP-SE Group Show;  Huntsville Art Museum,  Huntsville, Alabama
2011 Peace, Joy, and Paint,  A group show; Skyuka Fine Art, Tryon, North Carolina
2011 Impressonist Dreams,  A Two Man Show,  J.M. Stringer Fine Art, Vero Beach, Florida
2012 Florida's Forgotten Coast Plein Air Invitational;  Apalachicola, Florida
2012 19th Annual Carmel Art Festival;  Carmel, CA
2012 PAP-SE Returns to Charleston, Group Show; Charleston, SC
2012 Plein Air Richmond;  Richmond, VA
2012 OPA National Exhibit;  Evergreen, Colorado
2012 Cashiers Plein Air Festival;  Cashiers, NC
2012 Ready, Set, Go - Artists on the Move,  J.M. Stringer Gallery; Bernardsville, NJ
2012 The Beauty of Observation: An American Plein Air Showcase;  John Brown University 
2012 Sonoma Plein Air;  Sonoma, CA
2012 Blue Ridge Realist Exhibit, Hickory Museum of Art;  Hickory, NC
2013 Tranquil Moments,  J.M. Stringer Gallery; Vero Beach, Florida

2007 August Issue:  From Village to Sea; American Art Collector Magazine
2007 August Issue:  In Plein Sight; Bold Life Magazine
2008 June Issue: Richard Oversmith Captures Moments in Light; Rapid River Magazine
2008 December Issue: Richard Oversmith Cover Artist; The Laurel of Asheville Magazine
2009 Sumer issue: Plein Genius; Carolina Home and Garden Magazine 
2012 April/May issue:  Landscape or Still Life: Similar  Process, Different Concentration; Plein Air Magazine           


1990 One year Merit Scholarship, Kendall College of Art and Design
1993 2nd Place in CMYK Magazine Digital Image Competition
2000 Shirl Smithson Scholarship (through OPA) to study with T. Allen Lawson
2004 Judged signature memmber of Western North Carolina Pein Air Painters
2008 1st Place at the Southern Light Plein Air Paint-out 
2009 Peoples Choice Award,  Banner Elk Greenway "Paint Out" Event
2010 3rd Place Cashiers Plein Air competition
2010 Best Marine Painting, 6th Annual Plein Air Easton Competition
2011 1st place at the Toe River Art Councils Annual Paint Out Competition
2011 1st Place at the Battle of the Brush Competition; Old Fort, NC
2012 Honorable Mention at Carmel Arts Festival; Carmel, CA
2012 Honorable Mention at Cashiers Plein Air Competition
Richard Oversmith - Biography