About THE ARTIST
Richard L. Weddleton
A native of Boston, Massachusetts, and descended from a line of Nova Scotian seafarers, Richard grew up and often vacationed near idyllic but sometimes busy and exciting New England railroad lines, hence his enthusiasm for both railroad and maritime subjects, along with a love of automobiles, especially commercial vehicles and early racing cars, airplanes, and, of course, ports and ships. A resident of San Diego for 45 years, he now lives in Auburn, Washington.
In 1998 he retired early from careers in engineering and law to pursue full-time his lifelong avocation as an historic transportation artist. Richard is a mostly self-taught graphite pencil, pen and ink, watercolor, and oil artist. He served for many years as an officer of the Escondido Art Association and has been a member of the American Society of Marine Artists, the National Maritime Historical Society, San Diego Watercolor Society, the Boston & Maine Railroad Historical Society, and is a Founding Member of the American Society of Railway Artists. Richard studied for many years with two San Diego area watercolor art teachers and mentors, internationally recognized wildlife artist Joe Garcia, and marine, railroad, and landscape artist and former fellow member member of the ASMA, the late Duane Light
In most of his transportation paintings Richard strives to depict the drama and excitement, and often nostalgic intrusions of man-made machines into nature’s pastoral, or sometimes violent landscape settings, such as ships plunging into ocean waves, smoke-belching locomotives disturbing quiet and fragrant, sun- streaked pine groves, and airplanes navigating stormy skies.