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Richard McKinley - Biography

“He has a wealth of information to share, is tireless in this pursuit and his intensity, focus, and energy are legendary.” - La Conner Art Workshops





- Artist Member Salmagundi Club of NYC

- Signature Pastel Society of America, 2010 Hall of Fame Inductee

- Distinguished Pastelist Pastel Society of the West Coast, 2012 Pastel Laureate

- Honorary Member Degas Pastel Society

- Signature Northwest Pastel Society

- Signature Master Pastelist Pastel Society of Oregon

- Associate member Oil Painters of America

- Contributing Editor Pastel Journal - F+W Media 



Richard McKinley has been a professional working artist for 38 years and has over 35 years of teaching experience. In 2010 he participated in the American Masters Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club in NYC and was inducted into The Pastel Society of America’s Hall of Fame at the National Arts Club in NYC. His work is represented in several national galleries and is in the permanent collection of the Butler Institute of American Art Museum. He is a frequent contributing editor for the Pastel Journal Magazine. American Artist magazine profiled Richard in their January 2008 issue with an article titled: “The Dance Between Artists and their Paintings”, by M. Stephen Doherty. The July/August 2010 issue of Artist magazine features an interview by Christine McHugh titled: “Shimmering Water, Quiet Light”. The Fall 2010 issue of Workshop Magazine featured an article by Linda S. Price titled: “Tackling Three Key Challenges of Plein Air Painting with Oil and Pastel”. The August 2011 issue of Southwest Art Magazine featured an interview of Richard by Mark Mussari titled: “Misty Memories”. His work has been included in several books including: “A Painters guide to Design and composition”; “Painting with Pastels”; “Pure Color, the best of Pastel”; “Art Journey America Landscapes”; “Sketchbook Confidential”; and the French book “les maitres du pastel”. A book that compiles years of his published Pastel-Pointers columns and blogs for the Pastel Journal Magazine titled: “Pastel Pointers, Top Secrets for Beautiful Pastel Paintings”, was released by North Light publications in November 2010 and was an instant bestseller. Two instructional DVDs: “A Studio Session, Pastel”; and “A Studio Session, Oil” have been produced by Artist Productions and F+W Media, parent company of The Pastel Journal and Artist Magazines, released two videos on pastel painting in early 2010. An avid plein air painter, Richard divides his time between painting the locations he is passionate about, reinterpreting those paintings back in the studio, writing about art matters, and instructing workshops. 



“I was born in the Rogue Valley of Oregon, and spent my youth growing up with the rivers and mountains that form this special place. It is from these subjects that I receive inspiration.”

Concerning induction into the

Pastel Society of America Hall of Fame, “I am humbled to be in such company, and grateful to my mentors for the opportunities that have come my way. Every blank surface provides the same intimidation and every day spent painting, a new challenge. My goal is to capture a piece of the spontaneous dance of light across the palette of nature. I hope my pieces are like a glance when we see something that makes us linger for a moment.” - Richard McKinley 

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