Capturing scenes of Charlottesville, Virginia through the passenger seat window of his car, Richard Crozier embraces the impermanence of landscapes through painting. Rendering stray houses, construction sites, and quiet highways with loose, thick strokes, he imparts a contemplative, passionate nature within quotidian scenes. His casual approach lends to an abstract perspective, imparting an emotive quality heightened by color and light. The Hawaii native received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from The University of Washington in Seattle, and later his Master of Fine Arts from University of California, Davis alongside artists Wayne Thiebaud and William T Wiley (1974). His work has been exhibited widely at Tatistcheff & Co., New York; College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia; The Virginia Historical Society, Richmond; Long Beach Art Museum, California; and Maier Museum of Art, Lynchburg, Virginia. Several public collections hold his work, including Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC; Davis Art Center, Davis, California; the Medical College of Virginia, Richmond; School of Law, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA; and the Sturgis-Young Art Center, Sturgis, MI. He currently lives in Charlottesville, where he retired as a professor at University of Virginia in 2011, having taught there for 37 years.
Hyacinth, 2009, oil on panel, 12 x 16 inches