Richard Schloss: The Miracle of Light Artist Talk

Posted on Jan 31 by SEASONS Magazine


Painting by Richard Schloss, currently on view at Palm Loft Gallery in Carpinteria.

Painting by Richard Schloss, currently on view at Palm Loft Gallery in Carpinteria.

Richard Schloss is back in Santa Barbara, and the Palm Loft Gallery (410 Palm Ave., Carpinteria) celebrates his return with a one-man show, his first in Santa Barbara County in five years. This exhibit not only showcases 42 of Schloss’ paintings, but also makes them available for adoption to good homes.

The public is invited to come for an Artist’s Talk with Richard Schloss on Sunday, February 4, from 2-4 p.m. at the gallery. There will be light refreshments as well as two 15-minute songwriter showcases with Sherie Davis and Mark Alciati.

Only two days after its fabulous opening reception, the show had to be postponed due to the Thomas Fire’s catastrophic interruption. After two weeks of inaccessibility to Montecito and Carpinteria, Arturo Tello, the owner of Palm Loft Gallery, has decided to extend Schloss’ show through February 5 and donate 15% of new sales to two artists who lost a home and studio in the Carpinteria Mountains.

Schloss may have been born in Fort Worth, Texas, but has worked and showed in Santa Barbara since 1972. He completed a Master of Fine Arts in Painting at UCSB in 1979 and a BA in Italian in 1981.

He initially explored many different styles and mediums, but from 1976 to the mid-80s he focused on painting outside in the landscape. Today he continues to paint en plein air on small canvases, but does most of his work in the studio on larger works.  In 1980 he spent a year in Europe painting on an award scholarship, and in 1992 he was chosen to paint the diorama backgrounds for The Cartwright Interactions Hall at The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. He has done numerous commissions for public spaces including Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, Santa Barbara Historical Museum, The Palo Alto Medical Foundations in Mountain View and in Sunnyvale, and in 2015 had a large one-man show at the Ventura Museum of Art. His work is in four museums in the Central California area including the Santa Barbara Historical Museum, The Ridley-Tree Museum and the Ventura Museum of Art.

Tello met Schloss in early 1986 at the first expanded Oak Group paint-out on the bluffs of Loon Point near Summerland.  Tello had heard of Schloss and knew that he was a talented young landscape painter, but was utterly stunned when he discovered that Schloss rode his bike from Santa Barbara and was painting with colored pencils. Tello decided to paint a portrait of him and his bicycle that day, and after 31 years of knowing Schloss, Tello has continued to display many of Schloss’ paintings at Oak Group shows and at the Easton Gallery.

Both are impressed by each other’s talent, professionalism and work ethic and are honored to be partners in this magnificent show.

—Danielle Hazlett


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