Oil painting of an orange trolley on a San Francisco street

Orange Trolley on Market
18 x 18 in.
Oil on board
Available through the artist

Richard Boyer: “I found it fascinating that San Francisco went around the country and bought up old trolleys to renovate for their mass transit system. So, each one is marked from the city it originated in. For paintings, it’s a great subject matter with the variety of different colors.”

Boyer began painting at an early age, first showing his work while still attending high school in Williamsville, New York. He graduated from the University of Utah in 1981 after five years of study under the portrait and figurative painting “Alvin Gittins.” Gittins’ ability to render the figure so expertly intrigues and influences him to this day.

In 1981, Boyer moved to Germany to study languages at the Universität Kiel. With Kiel as a home base, he utilized the opportunity to travel and paint throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Richard met his Swedish wife, Karin, while studying at the University of Berlin. Since 1988, they have resided in Salt Lake City, Utah, where their three children were born. However, they continue to spend their summers with their extended family in Sweden.

During the recession, several of Boyer’s galleries suggested that he paint cities — maybe closer to home. So, with that he traveled to Portland where it rained for three days. Experiencing all the colors and reflections in the wet streets exploded into a new direction of painting cityscapes in a larger format. The galleries loved the new direction and there has been no looking back.

To see more of Richard’s work, visit www.richardboyerart.net

Email: [email protected]