An award winning “Plein Air” painter and teacher, Rick McClure has been painting professionally for more than 25 years. Throughout his career, he has enjoyed success with a variety of media including contemporary watercolor and large acrylic figurative works. However, his true passion is found in capturing both cityscape and landscape en plein aire. Many of his on location gems stand on their own while others form the basis for larger studio works, all of which sparkle with spontaneity.
McClure has captured numerous awards including those at the “American Impressionists Society National Exhibition”, the “71st Grand National Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club” and the Best of Show at the “Cincinnati Art Club’s View Point 2003”. His work was also selected into the American Art Collector’s 2007 Juried Competition of New Work, and in February of 2007, Mr. McClure was honored by the state of Oklahoma by having one of his paintings selected to hang in the states’ permanent collection at the capitol building in Oklahoma City.
McClure’s free, painterly approach to recording locations in America and abroad has become popular with both private and corporate collectors throughout the U.S. with an especially strong following in the coastal Carolinas. He is a current resident of Oklahoma, but travels widely for his artistic inspirations. McClure is a member of the Oil Painters of America, a signature member of the National Academy of Professional Plein Air Painters and the American Impressionist Society. His work is part of numerous corporate and private collections and he is represented in several prestigious galleries throughout the U.S.
McClure currently divides his time between painting, travel, and teaching plein air workshops throughout the United States.