The ability to go further. The capacity to transform distance. To grasp at the horizon. To influence with power and scope. To command by compass. An extension of soul and gamut. Unlimited by jurisdiction. To transcend latitude by an infinite magnitude. A mastery of orbit. A play for range. To extend by social radius. And spread by sweep and sway.
To reach within with a global touch.
To reach agreement in both heart and history.
A remarkable landmark.
My goal as a visual artist is to lead the eye through an image with the same effect that a storyteller weaves a tale. With these images, the photograph is like a dream made tangible. It represents a physical extension of a memory for me. But I want to go beyond just recording a time and place; I want to capture what I feel in that moment. So for this series I’m pushing conventions to help convey the emotional elements that I see in the scene. And in true quixotesque fashion, REACH is both a theme and a title that is not only reflected in the subject matter, but is also a lifelong philosophical pursuit.
AUTHOR: Richard McWherter UNITED STATES
Richard McWherter’s unique inspiration is clearly demonstrated through the images he creates with his camera near his home in Western Pennsylvania and his travels in North America and the British Isles. But his landscapes reveal more than just a record of a particular time or place; they speak to much more universal themes. McWherter is an artist who is continuously interpreting the landscape through new and inventive ways. He has been successful in exploring both traditional chemical and silver-based processes, as well as cutting-edge digital technologies.
Since 1973, McWherter’s activities have included the learning, creating, exhibiting and teaching of photography as a vital medium in visual art. He received his first opportunity by winning a scholarship to attend the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts while still in high school. McWherter’s photographs have since appeared in many regional and national exhibitions and have also been reproduced in nationally recognized magazines for fine art photography. In 1990 he received the top award for black and white photography from Photographer’s Forum magazine and his work appeared in the book The Best of Photography as a first place winner. More recently, his work received the State Museum of Pennsylvania Purchase Art Award for 2014 and in 2015 he was part of an international showcase of photography at the Louvre Museum in Paris, France.
As an educator, McWherter is dedicated to the continued artistic growth of all learners. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1993 from Seton Hill University with a major in Studio Arts and a minor in Art Education. In 1996 he became the current Visual Arts Instructor at the high school in his hometown in Western Pennsylvania and served as the Art Department Chair for many years. He has also taught photography and digital imaging at the University and other local art centers. He has received many awards for his photographic art, as well as for his innovations in teaching, and in 2007 he was named the Art Educator of the Year by the Greensburg Area Cultural Council. It is his belief that creative thinking and inventive problem-solving skills are extremely important to the success of both individuals and society as a whole.
McWherter was one of the first contemporary artists in the country to exhibit their work online through a self-designed personal web page. The page was featured in a story in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in March of 1996 and appeared in syndication in newspapers across the nation. Since then, his work has appeared in many feature articles in newspapers and magazines regarding art, photography and art education.
His commercial clients have included both regional and national corporations and institutions, as well as freelance assignments for family portraiture and groups. Currently, he works exclusively on self-assignments for galleries and book projects. His book projects are represented by his entrepreneurial venture, Walkwood Publishing. His artwork is also available in local art centers and gift shops. For more information, please visit his webpage at richardmcwherter.com.