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Book:  Painting the Light
by Richard Schloss

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Painting the Light books can be purchased at:

Santa Barbara Fine Art
1321 State Street
Santa Barbara CA 93101

Book Den
15 East Anapamu st
Santa Barbara CA 93101

Chaucer's Books
3321 State st
Santa Barbara CA 93105

"Reading this book, Richard Schloss peeled away the magic curtain and found more magic."

-Eric Kelley (Book Den, Santa Barbara)

"The book is fascinating. The text is marvelous. I have learned Schloss's views on light and color , and probably wont ever look at landscapes the same way again. The images are lovely."

-Richard Payatt (Author and Art Critic)

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About the Artist

20 years in the making, this is Richard Schloss's treatise on the way we perceive light and atmosphere and how he paints it for the last 50 years.

A scientific analysis from an artist's perspective, it is more aesthetic than technical.

160 pages with more than 150 paintings.

Richard Schloss was born in 1953 in Fort Worth Texas, but worked and showed in Santa Barbara since 1972. After switching his major from physics to Fine Art, Schloss 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 focused on painting outside in the landscape in 1976, which he continued to do exclusively until the mid 80s. Today, he continues to paint en plein air on small paintings, but does most of his work in the studio on large paintings. In 1980, he spent a year painting in Europe on an award-winning scholarship. In 1992, he was chosen to paint the diorama backgrounds for the Cartwright Interactions Hall of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. He has done numerous commissions for public spaces, including Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, Santa Barbara Historical Museum and The Palo Alto Medical Foundation.


In 2015, he was offered a large, one-man show at the Ventura Museum of Art. His work is included in four museums in the Central California area: the Santa Barbara Historical Society, Ridley Tree Museum, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and the Ventura Museum of Art.


Today, Schloss is the only known living artist in Santa Barbara whose paintings can be found in 4 museums and has been a member of Santa Barbara's Oak Group since its inception in 1986.

"There is morning light

There is afternoon light

There is evening light

And there is Schloss light"

- Ray Strong

Richard is represented by Santa Barbara Fine Art.


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