Richard Kirk Mills -  Paintings,  Prints,  Environmental art

In 2010 I returned to painting full time after a fourteen year commitment to ecoart and environmental art projects. My intention from 1996 to 2010 was to merge my activism and my art in response to critical local landscape issues i.e. wetlands degradation and habitat loss, primarily through rehabilitation, community engagement and narrative strategies in the NJ Meadowlands.

The new studio work continues themes of earlier paintings: structure(s) in landscape, looking out from inside through windows and doors, the northeast coastal wetlands, rural artifacts are among some that I repeatedly - and frequently in series - return to. But the primary connections are the associations brought to me by space and light.
I work from direct observation of spatial situations that attract me formally and subconsciously. The poetry of place is of my own personal mythology, a longing for lost homes; a remembrance of water; of daydreaming through windows, of silence.
I look for a subject, occasionally making a pilgrimage, and often it’s just there, in front of me. Times of day, seasons, moods of weather: all are shifting, as does scale and texture; of supports and material; of past, present and future directions; of an unexpected dialog between works.

The painting process and the process of perception becomes increasingly central to this work. My painting style, considered in the tradition of painterly realists i.e.; Fairfield Porter, Lois Dodd, Jane Freilicher, et al, continues to evolve.

Current and upcoming group and solo exhibitions:

Longyear Gallery
ongoing, rotating group exhibit
785 Main Street
Margaretville, N.Y. 12455
11 - 4 Fri., Sun., Holiday Mondays
10 - 5 Saturdays
www.longyeargallery.org

For more images and videos of ecoart works:

ecoartweb.wixsite.com/ecoartnetwork
and
www.teaneckcreek.org/ecoart-gallery/
also
www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1DwqyqZFVI
and
www.youtube.com/watch?v=515LKqXX0iM
and
www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLQd3GyTIMk