Welcome to Profile of the Week! We are delighted to present Rich Berry from Kansas City, MO, USA.

Rich creates detailed representational drawings of landscapes, cars, portraits and more. To see more of Rich's artwork, visit his gallery: http://community.art-is-fun.com/photo/photo/listForContributor?scre...

When you view his portfolio, be sure to click on the images to view them larger!

Please join us for this interview with Rich:

How would you describe your art?

Representational for sure.

How long have you been an artist and how did you become an artist?

I have been a musician for almost 50 years. I was working 11 states up until 4 years ago. I just burned out on the business of music. I decided to diversify and did my first piece of art in June, 2011. I have a love for pen and ink, and color pencils. 4 years and learning all of the time.

What is your favorite medium and why?

Pen and ink is my favorite. I love the detail and working with tones to represent colors. It is a challenge for me. I also love fountain pens to draw with. To get my work archival, I use Noodler's bulletproof ink.

Pick one work of art from your Art Colony portfolio and tell us the story behind it. Why does this piece have meaning to you?

My favorite piece is Rural Scene 1 (shown above). It was the first piece I got an award with. I was in my first art fair in 2012 and took 1st place in 2-D for this piece. It is on the wall in my house and not for sale.

Tell us about one medium, technique or style that you would like to try working with (that you have not tried before) and why you would like to try this.

I have a fascination with oil pastels, but as of yet have never tried them. I will one day get a set and have a run at it. Right now I am going to fast with what I am doing to slow down.

How do you make time for art?

I am recently retired, and have an understanding wife. She tolerates and understands my burning desire to grow with this. God bless her.

If you could imagine the “perfect art day” for yourself, what would it be like?

I have them every once in a while. I finish a piece that takes my breath away, and I have to sit and stare at it for a while. Those are for me, perfect days.

If you could spend 24 hours with one artist, living or historical, who would you want to spend the day with and why? What would the two of you do?

For just a general artist, I would have to say Thomas Hart Benton. For someone of unspeakable inspiration for me, I would have to say Franklin Booth. Either way, if they talk - I listen, if they work - I watch. Both of these men stir so much in me, I can't put into words what they did for me.

Do you have any tips or advice for aspiring artists?

The only tip I have is keep working and believe in what you are doing. All true artists are their own worst enemy. Don't let it stop you, always work to move forward step by step. If you don't believe in yourself, how can anyone else.This is it.

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Great work and a great interview..............well done!

Stunning.  Just stunning, your work!  Your dedication to your art shows through!  I also appreciate your advice, about artists being their own worst enemy!  I find that to be so true.  By the way, Rural Scene 1 is just amazing work, simply put.  So is all your work!

Jenifer, I do appreciate your comments. Your art is equally incredible. I can tell you also put heart and soul into it.

Thank you, Rich!  I try.  :)

Hi Rich,

Your works are very cool. I love those details. And it is amazing that you can achieve this good in four years! Congratulations!

Aloha Rich....CONGRATS for being this week's featured artist....your work is phenomenal and your interview was wonderful to read....gotta agree that we are our worst enemies....lol....enjoy the limelight my friend!

You are truly talented Rich, which is obvious since you've only been at this for 4 years.  I'm in awe of what you can achieve with pen & ink.  From the postings I would guess that you play the guitar...if you do that as well as you draw you have AMAZING skills!!  Thank you for giving us a glimpse into your life as an artist & for sharing your works of art. 

Congratulations Rich!! I really enjoyed your interview and your art is exceptional, and all those gorgeous details captured! All the best

Hi Rich,

Congratulations!  Very inspiring interview and extraordinary work.  Can tell it comes from the heart.  Love the detail you put into each work.

Sarah.

Congratulations Rich. Wonderful work,  you have amazing talent and patience.

Awesome work, Rich.

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