Richard McKinley

I Pastel and Oil Paintings l Landscape master painter en plein air

Sensitivity, serendipity, and solutions are among the teaching themes of American master artist Richard McKinley. He is one of the most sought after artists and teachers of our time. The 2010 Hall of Fame Inductee into the prestigious Pastel Society of America, Richard has risen to the top of his field.

Pastel and Oil    /    Landscape master painter

 Richard McKinley was inducted into the Pastel Society of America's Hall of Fame in New York City in 2010. Worldwide, just one pastelist is chosen each year for the coveted PSA Hall of Fame. What an honor for Richard to be inducted at such a young age. He joins Edgar Degas and other famous pastelists with this honor.

Richard McKinley was inducted into the Pastel Society of America's Hall of Fame in New York City in 2010. Worldwide, just one pastelist is chosen each year for the coveted PSA Hall of Fame. What an honor for Richard to be inducted at such a young age. He joins Edgar Degas and other famous pastelists with this honor.

Sensitivity, serendipity, and solutions are among the teaching themes of American master artist Richard McKinley. He is one of the most sought after artists and teachers of our time. The 2010 Hall of Fame Inductee into the prestigious Pastel Society of America, Richard has risen to the top of his field. He is President of the International Association of Pastel Sociieties, having assumed the Presidency in June 2017.  Among many honors he has earned the rank of Master Pastelist from the Pastel Society of America, serves on their Board of Directors, and judges international art exhibitions.

For many years, Richard published a weekly blog, Pastel Pointers, on artistnetwork.com, his column in his capacity an Contributing Editor of The Pastel Journal Magazine.  In May 2015, his second book was released: THE LANDSCAPE PAINTINGS OF RICHARD McKINLEY, "Views from a Master Artist: 100 breathtaking paintings in pastel and oil and the stories behind them."  Several of the paintings featured in his new book are available at Gallery 31 Fine Art, along with the book.

Richard's knowledge, experience and advice applies to pastel and oil painting as kindred media, so artists who work in oil can gleam a lot from his books. McKinley teaches art workshops on several levels throughout the US and Europe in oil and pastel, and his renowned underpainting techniques for pastel painting and theory of simultaneous contrast are among his best known tomes.  McKinley is the author of Pastel Pointers, Top Secrets for Beautiful Pastel Paintings, a book and video published by NorthLight in 2010 as well as several teaching videos in oil and pastel. He has been a professional artist for four decades, amazing for one so young. His art workshops are in great demand. His art is treasured by collectors worldwide, and Gallery 31 Fine Art is honored to be the sole representative of Richard's art in New England.

Richard is well known as a landscape artist who enjoys painting on location. He taught an intensive, advanced workshop in oil and pastel through Gallery 31 Fine Art in May 2015 and 2017. We anticipate his next "31" workshop to be held in 2019. Contact the gallery for info, and sign up for our enewsletter for news on Richard and his workshop.

   Paine's Creek     Morning   9 x 12 Oil en plein air by Richard McKinley / $725

Paine's Creek Morning 9 x 12 Oil en plein air by Richard McKinley / $725

   Song of the Loons   12 x 16 Pastel / $1450

Song of the Loons 12 x 16 Pastel / $1450

   Evening Quiet   12 x 9 Pastel en plein air SOLD

Evening Quiet 12 x 9 Pastel en plein air SOLD

   Morning Impressions   9 x 12 Pastel en plein air / $725

Morning Impressions 9 x 12 Pastel en plein air / $725

   January Morning   12 x 16 Oil / $1450

January Morning 12 x 16 Oil / $1450

   Marshland Rain   12 x 18 Pastel $1450

Marshland Rain 12 x 18 Pastel $1450

McKinley's Art Affiliations include:
• President, International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS), the worldwide non-profit uniting pastel societies
• Signature Member and Master Pastelist, Pastel Society of America — The 2010 Hall of Fame Inductee; Member of the Board
• Artist Member, Salmagundi Club of NYC
• Signature Member, Pastel Society of the West Coast — Distinguished Pastelist and 2012 Pastel Laureate Inductee
• Signature Member, Northwest Pastel Society
• Signature Member, Pastel Society of Oregon and Master Pastelist
• Associate Member, Oil Painters of America
• Contributing Editor — Pastel Journal - F+W Media
• Honorary Member of the Degas Pastel Society

 Richard McKinley paints for a workshop group through Gallery 31 Fine Art on Cape Cod.

Richard McKinley paints for a workshop group through Gallery 31 Fine Art on Cape Cod.

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, whether painting on location at home or at Fort Hill in Eastham or Bridge Road in Chatham on Cape Cod. 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.

   Canal Impressions     12 x 18 Pastel SOLD

Canal Impressions 12 x 18 Pastel SOLD

   Clouds Majestic   10 x 13 pastel en plein air by Richard McKinley     SOLD

Clouds Majestic 10 x 13 pastel en plein air by Richard McKinley SOLD

   Tones of Asilomar   9 x 12 Pastel en plein air / $1100

Tones of Asilomar 9 x 12 Pastel en plein air / $1100

   Edison Slough  , Low Tide, 8" x 12" pastel en plein air / $800

Edison Slough, Low Tide, 8" x 12" pastel en plein air / $800

   Evening Glow  , 12" x 12" pastel en plein air / $1100

Evening Glow, 12" x 12" pastel en plein air / $1100

   The Mystery of Trees  , 12" x 10" pastel en plein air SOLD

The Mystery of Trees, 12" x 10" pastel en plein air SOLD