by Christy Rodriguez de Conte
Eluster Richardson returns home to the beloved LeMoyne Arts gallery with a “Passionate Journey” to share his latest landscapes and devotion to motion in his figurative paintings. The exhibit opens Jan. 19 and runs through Feb. 25.
Richardson surrounds himself with joy and art; his house is known as the gallery by his close friends. Richardson’s urge to paint has consumed him since he was a young boy in the public schools of Tallahassee. Although access and support for the arts were limited, by the 7th grade, his school had an official art room.
There was no turning back for Richardson. He attended Tallahassee Community College, where he won a few awards for his art, and later continued to complete his studies at Florida State University. As it was for many men of the time, Richardson was drafted to Vietnam, where he put down his paintbrush to serve his country admirably.
His military experience in communications eventually led him to a 32-year career as a network engineer for a telephone company. Even in this position, his art dominated his life. “My artwork kind of dominated what I really did all every day,” says Richardson. “I worked hand in hand with the public relation department… creating advertisements along with my engineering duties.”
Decades later, Richardson has grown into a renowned painter known globally for his portraits, landscapes, and watercolors. Still, he remains loyal to Tallahassee. “I grew up here in Tallahassee… As time went on, I wanted to grow with the city. The city is growing in the cultural arts, so I wanted to grow with it; so, here I am,” chuckles Richardson.
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