Esther Ritz, born New York City, has been working as an abstract painter and contemporary artist in Dallas and Santa Fe for the last fifteen years. She is a lifelong painter who began experimenting with color at an early age. Esther vividly remembers her parents taking her, as a child, to Greenwich Village in New York City. They went to an art supply store to purchase a real artist's box, with oil paints and brushes. The acquisition of authentic art supplies solidified a vote of confidence in her artistic talent.
Esther has studied at intensive workshops with French and American master painters. In 2010 her work was juried and selected to be in the national magazine, Studio Visit. Esther was recently awarded Best in Show by the Texas Visual Artists Association in 2013. Esther allows her energy to flow freely onto the canvas in the form of paint. She is inspired by the rhythm of upbeat music, from musicians such as Buddy Holly, Al Green, Elton John, and Aretha Franklin. Her paintings are guided by a compelling sense of color and a strong instinct for pattern and texture. Her uninhibited exploration of collage is mesmerizing. Esther harnesses her imagination without restraint. The power of her unconscious results in a creative process that is quite astonishing. "I like to let the freedom, play, emotion, and energy of the moment take over and guide each work of art. This demands I pay attention, stay in the moment, and enter into a new relationship. Each painting becomes an absorbing mystery, with its
unique possibilities, expectations, frustrations, and surprises."
Kevin Perkins is an American artist working from his home studio in Dallas, Texas. His practice encompasses landscape and figurative painting in which he pulls technique and material from the cannon of art history as well as life experience.
Perkins recent undertaking of portraiture is an exploration into the subtleties of human expression and the effect that color has on the viewer’s perception the subject. His paintings intend to draw the viewer in to the space of the work. With his landscape paintings, this is achieved in various ways: through color, a sense of depth and light. It is this vein in which Perkins is exploring portraiture. The figures are not dissimilar to the mythic siren, intended to draw the viewer in and hold them there. His paintings are meant to be experienced purely aesthetically. They are windows into another world that invite the viewer in for a time.
Winter Student Show
Join us for a special evening showcasing the art & digital work of One River School students of all ages. Enjoy interactive projects, music and much more. Bring your friends & family. Let's celebrate!
Didi works with acrylic paints, she likes texture and layers, and is influenced by the works of Gerard Richter among others. She’s strongly drawn to abstract expressionism and loves to experiment with different styles vs maintaining a single cohesive one.