Paula Riley

I have painted for 30 years, but it is only in recent years, that it has become my passion.  I am devoted to the expression found in the brush or palette knife through the application of paint.  I am a “color magnet”.  I think this is because I like to paint objects and landscapes which are joyful and exciting to me - and hopefully to the viewer.


I am interested in light and shadow, in warm and cool, and texture.  I strive to take my paintings beyond what is seen by the eye, and to create a mood or feeling through color and composition.  I enjoy telling the story of each painting. 


Teaching is a joy for me and, I think, for my students.  I believe that learning to understand and to implement a solid foundation is key to developing a beautiful painting - but, so is the desire and the experience.  I always strive to create a positive environment for my students - to encourage them to try new things and to hang in there when they are a little frustrated!  I will often focus on composition and values when teaching.  In my impressionistic style of painting, I also emphasize brush-work and color.


As much as possible, I paint from life.  This may be a still life which I set up in my studio or out in the field - or in my very own garden!   I also enjoy the exhilaration of travel painting and have been fortunate to paint in Italy, France, and several other places around the world.   


The works of the great Impressionists, and later those of Expressionists, have influenced my painting.  I appreciate the knowledge of Richard Schmid, the lovely floral paintings of the late Helen Van Wyk, and so many other artists who I have become familiar with along the way.  I find a sense of enthusiasm and freedom with the paintings  and the study of Russian Impressionist painter, Sergei Bongart.  I feel fortunate to have painted with two of his proteges - Van Waldron and Don Sahli.


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Member of the following local art organizations: 

  • Oil Painters of America

  • Alamo Danville Artists' Society

  • Lamorinda Arts Alliance

  • Valley of the Moon Art Association

Blooming in Monets Garden 24x24
A Special Place 18x24
A French Influence 16x12