Richard McWherter’s unique inspiration is clearly demonstrated through the images he creates with his camera in the Laurel Highlands and Chestnut Ridge areas near his home in Western Pennsylvania. But his landscapes reveal more than just a record of a particular time or place; they speak to much more universal themes.
The Highlands is a new series of Tactual Dreamscape photographs by Richard S. McWherter that blurs the lines between photography, drawing, and painting. These expressionistic images offer a unique way of seeing deep into the nature of this artist’s intimate passion, as well as bringing a visceral response from others. People are often curious about what part of the image is photographic and what part is painted. But this interaction between what is physical and what is imagination is exactly why these photographs have that dream-like quality, as if from a memory of a familiar place we haven’t visited yet.
Richard McWherter’s photographs have appeared in many regional and national exhibitions and have also been reproduced in national magazines for fine art photography. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Seton Hill University. Currently he is the Visual Arts Instructor at the high school in his hometown in Western Pennsylvania and serves as the Art Department Chair. He has also taught photography and digital imaging at the University and other local art centers. He has received many awards for his photographic art, as well as for his innovations in teaching.