The Artists by the Lake Club announces Richard Hofmann is its artist of the month for November.
Originally from Southern California, Hofmann moved to Arizona in 1944. He worked in the recreation centers as a supervisor for the north side. He lived in Tonapah until he was 56 then moved to Sun City. Ever since he was a child, he has enjoyed drawing and doodling. When he lost his wife, he needed something to do and joined the art clubs in Sun City.
“I have been in Sun City for over 20 years and work from realistic images,” Hofmann said. “My mediums are acrylic, graphite pencil, watercolor, pastel and oils. I enjoy finishing an art piece. It’s something that just comes out of me. I believe if you have a gift, you should share it with others!”
Hofmann uses his imagination to create western landscapes based the observed desert and environment surrounding Maricopa. Sometimes he will remember a certain hillside or view while on a car trip and will incorporate that into a drawing or painting.
“There’s nothing you can draw that isn’t made by nature,” he says.
Hofmann’s observation skills are very unique because he will add to that painting a storyline. It could be teepees in the distance, a buffalo wandering, cowboys around the campfire at moonrise or a mountain lion lurking behind a cactus. This makes for interesting compositions with a story within the painting.
Hofmann first began drawing with pencils and paper from garage sales. Gradually, through his continued practice and patience, he has honed his skills to a more advanced level. In addition to belonging to Artists by the Lake, he is a member of Palo Verde Art Club.
To view Hofmann’s work, stop by the Lakeview Art Studio on the second floor of the Lakeview Recreation Center, 10626 W. Thunderbird Blvd.
Join Artists by the Lake with a valid RCSC card and pay $10 yearly dues. The art room is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily and is offering small classes for members in watercolor, pastel, oil, alcohol ink and acrylics. COVID protocols are still in effect and masks are required at all time.
Call 315-491-9650 or email email@example.com.
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