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Richard W. Field

Date of Death: March 1, 2024

Date of Birth: October 20, 1935


Richard Field, Esteemed Artist, Passes Away at 88.

Richard Field, a deeply admired artist known for his vivid imagination and compelling artistic creations, passed away on March 1st, 2024. His legacy as an artist and a family man leaves an indelible mark on those who knew him.

His life was graced by his loving family. He is survived by his children, Rick, Jonathan, Pamela, Deborah and Steven Field, and his stepchildren, Gregory and Dorothy Nield. Richard's beloved wife, Martha, predeceased him last year. Martha was his greatest advocate in his artistic endeavors and the love of his life. Their marriage of over 50 years was a testament to their enduring love and mutual support.

Richard's artistic journey began early in life in Lewiston, Maine. At the age of 10, shortly after World War II, he received his first oil painting set. With this, he imaginatively created a portrait of a combat soldier, winning five dollars at a Lewiston fair for his work. This achievement spurred him to continue his vibrant artistic explorations from his home studio. Richard's repertoire included oil paintings, acrylics, and watercolors. Each medium captured the essence of his experiences and imagination. His work is particularly noted for its playful trompe l'oeil, heartfelt portraits (such as the cherished depiction of his wife, Mardi), and evocative scenes from Old Quebec and Dover-Foxcroft.

Richard's approach to art was deeply personal, seeking connection and meaning in each piece he created, often referring to them as his 'other children'. His favorite places to paint, like Sebec Lake, Reid State Park, and Old Quebec City, reflected his love for nature and historical settings. Richard's fascination with old, abandoned buildings revealed his ability to see beauty in the forgotten and translate it into compelling stories on canvas.

Richard was not only a gifted artist but also a dedicated teacher, influenced by Hungarian artist Lajos Matolcsy. He believed in the artist's role as a teacher and a stimulator of minds and emotions. He imparted this philosophy to his many students, emphasizing individual expression and creativity.

Richard's contributions to the art world were recognized through his membership in the Copley Society of Art in Boston, and through numerous awards and exhibitions. However, his definition of a successful artist — one who accomplishes what they set out to do — truly encapsulates his humble approach to his craft.

As we mourn the loss of Richard Field, we also celebrate his remarkable life and the beauty he brought into the world through his art. He will be dearly missed by his family, friends, and the artistic community. His works will continue to inspire, and his memory will forever be cherished.

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