Elise Richman

Professor of Art, Painting

Elise RichmanProfessor Richman’s innovative, process-driven paintings explore elements of the material world and states of flux.  In her work the material potential of paint acts as a metaphor for distinct aspects of the material world.  Richman’s current paintings are inspired by the motion of rippling water, abstracting rippling water evokes the notion of “ripple effects,” or the reverberations of action/acts.  Color relativity and interaction activate these compositions, providing a powerful a model for nuanced, contextual thinking.  Colors change based on context, they are affected by surrounding colors.  Richman’s latest work harnesses color’s ability to be expansive and inclusive, honoring the inherent properties of a wide range of pigments.

Elise Richman has exhibited her work throughout the Pacific Northwest in non-profit spaces and university galleries.  Her paintings are included in private collections in San Francisco; New York; Washington, DC; Baltimore; and Seattle as well as The Hallie Ford Museum, King County, the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, and the City of Tacoma.  Richman was a recipient of the 2014 Greater Tacoma Community Foundation art award, Davis teaching awards (2014 and 2017), and was finalist for a 2015 Neddy Award in painting.  She is also active in the campus and broader community, serving on the 2010 (co-chair) 2014 (co-chair), and 2018 National Race and Pedagogy Conference’s Arts and Special Events committees as well as on the Advisory Board of The Tacoma Art Museum’s 30 Americans planning committee.  She also writes about art, publishing “The Ethics of Painting:  Affect, Aesthetics, and Agency” in the The Arts in Society International Journal in 2015.

Richman teaches painting, drawing, and 2-dimensional design courses as well as a Connections course that culminates in a three-week trip to Rome, Italy and an interdisciplinary course on the art and science of color with Professor Burgard in Chemistry.

Ripple Ellipse II

Ripple Ellipse II
40 x 48 inches
Oil on canvas
2017

Horizon: Dusk Acrylic on panel 6 x 6 inches 2016

Horizon: Dusk

Acrylic on panel

6 x 6 inches

2016

 
Horizon: Dawn Acrylic on panel 6 x 6 inches 2016
 

Horizon: Dawn

Acrylic on panel

6 x 6 inches

2016

Ripple Ellipse Oil on canvas 35 x 48 inches 2016

Ripple Ellipse

Oil on canvas

35 x 48 inches

2016