Artist ProfileRichard Galusha
Richard Galusha grew up on a ranch outside of Abilene, Texas where he developed a love for and understanding of horses, which he has expressed in his art from a very early age. He moved to Boulder, Colorado with his family of eight brothers and sisters when he was in middle school. After high school, he joined the Navy and traveled to the Far East, Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands. He had a studio in the barracks on the island of Guam and completed many drawings and paintings of island life. After the Navy, he completed his BFA at the University of Colorado in Boulder. In 1986, He moved to Steamboat Springs, Colorado for an Art teaching job at the local High School and was for many years an Instructor at Colorado Mountain College. He retired in 2005. His works are in many collections throughout the United States and Europe.
Richard's real love is painting in plein air in and around his home in the Hahn's Peak/Steamboat lake area, with his wife Shirley Stocks and their malamutes, Zorn, Sierra and now Timber.
Rich and Shirley have been fortunate to travel to various parts of the world to paint in plein air. In 1989, they traveled to the Canadian Rockies painting along the way. During the summer of 1990, Richard traveled to Africa for a month safari in Tanzania and Kenya where he studied and painted the wildlife, local people, and landscapes. In the summer of 1996 he and his wife traveled to Greece and they painted a variety of subjects on the islands of Mykonos and Santorini. The English countryside became their focus during the summer of 1997 and in 1998 they traveled back to Greece and painted for three weeks. In November of 1998 they painted and trekked in Nepal. In the spring of 1999 they traveled to Paris to visit all of the major museums. In June of 2000 they traveled to paint in Botswana and Zimbabwe, Africa. November of 2000 brought a trip to the British Virgin Islands where they sailed around painting the beaches and harbors. They also traveled and painted on an extensive trip of Europe in June and July of 2001 which included, London, Paris, the French countryside, Swiss Alps, Venice, Assisi, Rome, Siena, Florence, Monte Carlo and Nice. In 2007, they travel back to Greece to the Island of Kafalonia and sailed around the islands painting all the various ports. The same year in September they traveled to Italy and based their stay in the former villa of Mona Lisa's family summer home while painting the northern part of Italy. During their time traveling he and his wife in 1998 started the Wild Horse Gallery in Steamboat Springs, CO.
During the summer of 1991, Richard received an individual fellowship grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Steamboat Springs Arts Council to study plein air painting in the Yucatan. He received another fellowship from the NEA and SSAC in 1994 to study with Richard Schmid and Thomas Buechner in Loveland, CO. He has also studied with Zhang Wenxin, Clyde Aspevig, Harley Brown, Ned Jacob, Ted Goerschner, Ray Vinella, Bill Reece, David Leffel, Don Stone, Jim Norton, and Ron Riddick. He has studied at the Loveland Academy of Fine Arts, Loveland, CO - Jackson Hole Art Academy, WY - The Fechin Institute, Taos, NM - Art Students League, New York, NY - Scottsdale Artists School (summer), Steamboat Springs, CO - Adams State College, Alamosa, CO (Masters) - Rice University, Houston, TX - University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. (BFA) - University of Guam, Guam.
RECENT AWARDS AND EXHIBITS
2018 Steamboat Art Museum: Steamboat Springs, CO
2017 Art on Llano: Lubbock, TX
2014 Art on the Llano: Lubbock, TX
2013 Davis & Blevins, Light on the Land: Saint Jo, TX
2007-2014 RMPAP Paint Outs
2007 National Member of Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters of America
2006 One Man Show at Wild Horse Gallery: Steamboat Springs, CO
2005 Named Official Artist of the Connellee Hotel and Museums: Eastland, TX
2004 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 - Colorado Governor's Show: Loveland, CO
2001 2002 Voted Best Artist in Steamboat Springs, CO
1998 Realism in Contemporary Art of the American West - University of Wyo.
1997 1998, Spring and Fall Auctions, Texas Art Gallery: Dallas, TX
1997 One Man Show, G.C. Lucas Gallery: Indianapolis, IN
1995 Award of Excellence, Oil Painters of America Show
1995 Salmagundi Show: New York, NY
1995 Awarded Signature Membership to Oil Painters of America.
1995 Western Heritage Classic: Abilene, TX
1993 1995 Western Spirit Art Show: Cheyenne, WY
1993 1994, 1996, 1998, One Man Shows, Steamboat Springs Art Council
1992 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, Oil Painters of America Show
1991 1994 NEA/SSAC Fellowship Grant to paint in the Yucatan, Mexico
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