PAINTING + MIXED MEDIA
I grew up in California and moved to Montana in 1970 to paint the Montana landscape. In recent years I have been spending time in France, painting the countryside that affected so many painters who have influenced me. However, it is Montana and the West that still affects my personal expression, with it’s grand scale, rough edges and textured shadows.
I think that a good painting has the ability to change the viewer’s perspective and also be a sounding board for the thoughts of the viewer. With this in mind, I work to arrange the formal aspects of each painting as having more importance than the actual depiction of the place. I work to reduce each form to it’s essence in hope of leaving the viewer with the possibility of being more deeply affected by those forms and having a greater sense of place.
Richard Pence has been featured in Old Main Gallery in Bozeman Montana since 1994. He has also been in galleries in New York, Idaho, Pennsylvania, Colorado and California.