Richard Boyer


Richard Boyer


I began painting at an early age, first showing my work while still attending high school in Williamsville, New York. In 1981 I graduated from the University of Utah, where for five years I studied portrait and figurative painting under "Alvin Gittins". Gittins' ability to render the figure so accurately intrigues and influences me to this day. 

In 1981 I moved to Germany to study languages at the Universität Kiel. With Kiel as a home base, I utilized the opportunity to travel and paint throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East. While studying at the University of Berlin, I met my wife from Stockholm, Sweden.  In 1988 we both moved back to Salt Lake City and now have three children. Every summer we travel back to Sweden, where I will take off to paint a new location in Europe.  

My paintings have been displayed in the "Oil Painters of America" show, American Impressionist Society Shows and National Exhibitions with the American Society of Marine Artists, to which I am a signature member. Southwest Art did an article about my work in their May 2018 issue and I was featured in 2017 Feb/March of Western Art & Architecture; also on the cover of “American Artist December 2004 and the cover of “International Artists Magazine” December 2006. Among other things I also received the "Art Times Award" from the Salmagundi Club in New York and the Stobart Foundation Award at the Twenty-third Annual Mystic International. Recently I won the Best of Show at the ASMA Coos Art Museum

Arts for the Parks honored me with the Grand Canyon Purchase Award in 2005, the purchase award in 2004 from the Grand Teton Natural History Association and the Marine Art Award in 2003 and 2006.  I also received the Judge's Choice Award in the Arts for the Parks competition for both the 2000 and 2001 competitions. 

My plein air experience includes recently the Sedona arts festival in 2017, The The annual plain air event with the ASMA at Coos Bay and the fall festival at Mockingbird Gallery in Bend, OR.  I have also floated and plain air painted down the Grand Canyon, Desolation Canyon and the San Juan River.