Richard Hogan began painting in earnest shortly after he retired in 2001.Landscapes are the primary focus of his paintings reflective of boyhood memories in the Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas. Jurors have described his works as ethereal, mystical, muted, and “foggy.” Due to a fortunate mistake a unique technique was developed using airbrush and spray and a series of acrylic glazes on natural templates such as leaves, branches, weeds, and stems.
He has a doctorate in Physiology and Biophysics, and his professional life was in the scientific area, through research, teaching, and administration. His early paintings were traditional and very linear in approach.
His experiences since retirement have been quite different from his scientific background; however, he feels there are no marked differences in the philosophy and approach of art and science. At 73 years of age, he is developing yet another technique using multiple layers of glazing coupled with heavily textured canvas, the results of which are very colorful and clearly abstract.
His current artwork continues to express nature as a dynamic and integral component of contemporary life. Interpretation, perception, and transfiguration of his work provides for a wide spectrum of viewers.