Rich Metcalf is a native of New England, where at a very early age he began his art training from members of his family. One of the earliest memories was watching his dad sketch and paint, then his dad handing him his palette and instructing Rich to paint "from your heart." Seascapes and landscapes were the norm living on Cape Ann. He received his formal art instruction from artists at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, The Cape Cod School of Art, and at the Corcoran Museum School of Art in Washington, DC. Rich is now a full-time resident of Arizona and is an active member of the Arizona Plein Air Painters, the Sage Brush Artists, the Oil Painters of America, the Tucson Plein Air Painters Society (for which he served as Treasurer and on the Board of Directors), the Tubac Center of the Arts, the Sedona Art Center, and the Packrat Painters.

He emphasizes to his students that painting should always be fun and exciting, yet challenging. The design of a piece is of the utmost importance followed by the correct values and an unlimited spectrum of color, both available and ones yet to be mixed. The creation of a painting is similar to music from a symphony where expressive notes of color dance among light and shadow. The painter's role is to bring the glorious wonders of nature onto the canvas surface.

His paintings are in collections both in Canada and in the United States.

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