Richard Bulman


Even a brief perusal of my work and one recognizes a tremendous variety of mediums. All of my work regardless of the medium that I have chosen reflects my dedication to realism as expressed by the many masters of the Renaissance. Quite often I will do a piece as an etching and then execute the same image as a pastel, watercolor or oil. Other times the image itself informs the medium. Many of my works, particularly the large oils, are scenes from ancient ruins in places I have visited. Typically I do watercolors and then work from sketches and photographs when I return to my studio.

The desire to create realistic images of the human form has also driven my development as an artist. Through many years of studying technique, life drawing and anatomy I have developed a stylistic approach that produces pieces with a strong realism and a deep emotional content. I strongly believe that the human form is one of nature’s greatest expressions.

I have been painting and engraving on stone for many years now, beginning with a series of architectural studies of the cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park. In January of ’09 I started a new series of figure studies. I begin each piece by studying the stones unique colors and surface contours to find just the right fit with the subject. Often the stone will strongly influence the choice of subject and composition of the piece. Next I transfer my drawing onto the stone and use an etching stylus to engrave the outlines into the surface. The final step is using acrylic paint to fill in details, light and shadow, giving the subject a sculpted, 3d look. I sometimes use the stylus and sandpaper to remove paint and highlight the stone surface.


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