Richard A. Gow works in
a variety of styles and mediums; from full color pieces in acrylic
paint or oil to black and white renderings in pen and ink or
pencil. All done from Darwin's Beak studio in Fleetwood.
He is a graduate of the Hussian
School of Art in Philadelphia, where he studied life drawings,
paintings, graphic design, illustration and print making.
After graduating, he served for
four years as Art Director of an art and glass studio. designing
and executing decorative glass. His work involved traditional
leaded stained glass, etching, and glass carving.
In 1992, he was invited to attend
the Barns Foundation, expanding his knowledge and understanding of
the traditions of art. By observing the works of past masters, he
embraced many techniques and styles, which are visible in his
paintings and illustrations.
Working from old pictures and
present day observations, Richard created the following sketches
which were published in the Historical Society's 1998 calendar,
which he has graciously allowed the Society to reproduce. We are,