“Making music is a way to connect with the divine.”
THE VERMONT YEARS, SO FAR…
Two events occurred in 1999. We purchased land with a run-down cabin on Minister Hill in Sandgate, Vermont. At the same time, through genealogy research, I learned of my direct Rich immigrant ancestor, Johannes Reich von Rheinduerkheim, a Vermont pioneer, patriot, legislator and signer on January 10, 1791, of the founding document making the former Republic of Vermont our nation’s 14th state. These two events continue to provide affecting nutrients to my work and daily life.
My paintings are grandchildren of The New York School. They strive to build on that explosive heritage while remaining within the porous borders of Modernism.
In the studio I work principally on the margins of what I know about painting and paint, searching for the not known. Nonrepresentational and abstract painting, unfettered with literal images, on a good day may become a carrier of emotion and small joys. It may even evoke the unique aesthetic, poetic or meditative capacities of viewers. In the studio, in the murk of the discovery process, never certain how to let paint on canvas achieve those things… well, that’s the engine.
Painter; Guest lecturer, juror: numerous schools and organizations
Annual Schumacher Award for Painting,
Columbus Museum of Fine Arts, OH
Annual Ohio Artists’ Competition for Painting
Annual Silvermine New England Competition for Painting
Approx. 100 international, national, regional awards for design
Columbus Museum of Fine Art
Private and Corporate Collections
Hog Hill Press Publications
Mutatus Alphonsus: A Plant Mutation and Mania of Ricco Alphonso by Harry A. Rich
Harry A. Rich: Works on Paper
Moodus: Poems by Robert H. Neal
Robert Rohm: Selected Works, 1975-1985
John Rich of Maidstone, VT: A Historical Sketch of the Hard Times and Good Life of
Johannes Reich: Immigrant, Patriot and New England Settler