About the Artist:
A “sketcher” all his life, artist
Richard Budig (rhymes with Buick) began painting seriously about 20
years ago, specializing in portraitures. He has studied with regional
portrait artists Charles Cross of Loveland, CO, and Jack Hines, a Big
Timber, Montana, Western artist. He also studied several times with
internationally known portrait artist Daniel Greene of New York.
Budig wore many hats before
retiring to paint full time. He is a published writer; worked in, and
owned his own advertising agency; designed and manufactured custom
jewelry; and worked and flew as a public relations man for Beechcraft-Hawker Corp., of Wichita, KS. He holds several private pilot
While he prefers portrait work,
Budig also paints still life and anything else that tickles his fancy.
“However, it is the human face and
form that fascinates me,” he says. “Why is that brow so heavy … what
makes those eyes so tender … is there really a bull dog behind that
stern jaw?” he asks.
wonders, why are the old and young alike in some ways? For example,
babies and young children are hardly more than round, cuddly things with
smooth faces and trusting eyes. Likewise it is with the aged. They, too,
begin to soften and their quiet eyes often take on the look of trust
once given only to babies and children
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