california portrait and figurative painter
Richard is an Illinois native who by the age of eight knew he wanted to be an artist. He graduated from the American Academy of Art in Chicago in 1983 which began his successful commercial art career. After 12 years of doing commercial art, Richard felt it was time to fine tune his fine art style.
Richard moved to California in 1995 and started painting for himself in a realistic style with a touch of Russian impressionism. "I admire the Russian Impressionists, especially Nickolai Fechin, for their intense brush strokes that exude passion into their paintings. I also admire Norman Rockwell for his amazing drawing ability and the volume of work he produced in his lifetime."
Lastly, Richard admires John Singer Sargent for his portrait work. “His portraits give a sense of reality but still have a painterly style which I hope to aspire to.”

Richard paints primarily in oils on linen canvas. His work is mostly figurative and loves capturing the human soul. He teaches class four days a week at his art school and artist retreat called The Green Art House.

Richard's work hangs in galleries in Santa Monica California and Boca Grande Florida. His paintings have won numerous awards from Best of Show to People's Choice.

Judge, Portraits, San Diego County Fair, May 2013
One Man Show, Ballast Point Gallery, April 2013
Contemporary Masters Exhibition, Wynn- Las Vegas, Dec 2012
Best Figure/Portrait, Brandon Small Works Show, Nov 2012
Accepted, California Art Club Juried Show, August 2012
Accepted, Fallbrook Art Center Artist's Guild, Inaugural National Juried Show, July 2012
1st Place and Artist Choice, AAI Member Show, Idyllwild, July 2012
2nd Place-Brandon Gallery Portrait Juried Show Fallbrook, May 2012
2nd Place-Professional, Juried Art Show Fallbrook, April 2012
Night of 100 Angels, Juried Competition, Laguna Beach, Aug 2011
All is Fair in Art Juried Competition, May 2011
1st Place Oils, Fallbrook Art Association Open Juried show, April 2011
Honorable Mention, Higbee Gallery, 6x6 National Juried show, Dec 2010
Best of Show, Fallbrook Art Association Member show, Oct 2010
1st Place Oils, Fallbrook Art Association Member show, Oct 2010
Accepted-Salon International Juried Show, April 2010
Honorable Mention for Artistic Excellence-Salon International Juried Show, April 2009
Jury's Top 50-Salon International Juried Show, April 2009
Accepted-Richeson Portrait/Figure Competition, May 2008
1st Place Oils-Grand National Rodeo Art Show, April 2008
Meritus Entry, Richeson 75 Portrait Competition, June 2007
Rising Star Art-Talk Magazine, May 2007
Juried National Show, Oil Painters of America, May 2007
Best of Show, Fallbrook Art Assoc Juried Show, Nov. 2006
1st Place Oils, Fallbrook Art Assoc Juried Show, Nov. 2006
Visitors’ Choice, COAL Juried Show, August 2006
Judge Oils-Del Mar Art Fair, San Diego, CA June 2006
First Place Oils, Member Show, Idyllwild, CA April 2006
Second Place, Plein Air Festival, Idyllwild, CA Sept 2005
Featured Artist, Two Babes Gallery, Idyllwild, CA, June 2005
Second Place-Drawing, Fallbrook Juried Show, November 2004
2004 Western Regional Juried Exhibition, OPA, Oct 2004
Artists' Choice, Plein Air Festival, Idyllwild, CA Sept 2004
Juror Award of Merit, Plein Air Festival, Idyllwild, CA Sept 2004
Artists Choice, Art Alliance of Idyllwild Reception, CA July 2004
First Place-Oils San Dieguito Miniature Show, CA July 2004
Juried Non-Members Show, Salmagundi Club, NY, June 2004
Featured Artist, Pinnell Gallery, Fallbrook, CA, April 2004
Second Place-Oils, Fallbrook Art Assoc, CA, April 2004
Juror's Award Plein Air Festival, Idyllwild, CA September 2003
People's Choice Members Show, Idyllwild, CA, July 2003
Best of Show Jubilee National Christian Art Show, 2002

Portrait Master Class, Everett Raymond Kinstler, June 2007
Portrait Class, Watts Atelier, Jeffrey Watts, 2004


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Original oil paintings, metal prints, commissions and tutorials by California artist Richard Stergulz.

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