Richard Boyd Art Gallery

June 2017: ‘Works in Watercolor’ by Randy Eckard

(Portland, ME) Richard Boyd Art Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of a solo exhibition of paintings by watercolorist Randy Eckard on June 1 at 10:00 a.m. A trained commercial and fine artist living in Blue Hill, ME Randy’s career as a fine artist working exclusively with watercolors spans more than three decades.

Eckard is known for his use of light and shadow, with the true subject of most of his paintings being light and how it defines and shapes the scene before him. His iconic architectural landscapes are expertly detailed and capture the essence of New England. Randy’s paintings have won over 190 awards in watercolor throughout New England and the Southeast. His paintings are widely collected and included in numerous private and public collections.

The public is invited to meet Randy at a reception at Richard Boyd Art Gallery on Saturday, June 3 between the hours of 12:00 noon and 3:00 p.m. when he will be available to discuss his current series of paintings.

The exhibit is open free of charge between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. daily through June 29, 2017.

About Randy Eckard

Raised in North Carolina, Randy Eckard studied at the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida and the Haywood School of Craft in Clyde, North Carolina. When asked about his painting style Randy said, “My approach to watercolor painting is non traditional, in that I try to avoid the limitations and trappings of traditional watercolor techniques. Although traditional washes are an integral part of the painting process, I rely more on the layering of color with glazing and dry brush work. Moving between wet and dry on the same piece of paper achieves a variety of complimentary surfaces, which allows for the luminous quality of watercolor with added depth of color and texture.”

When asked about the inspiration for his paintings Randy replied, “Light plays an essential role in my paintings. It is as if the subtle or dramatic interplay of light and shadow become the subject more than the objects themselves. Light reveals the character, color, and texture of objects, whether man-made or natural. The alteration of lighted and shadowed planes produces powerful repeated patterns and can be an important element of design.

Subject matter has always been of paramount importance to me, especially with its tendency to come unexpectedly. Quiet, patient observation will almost always reveal the life of a subject, although frequently, the focus of my impression will change through the course of a painting. The paintings’ titles offer clues to the experiences behind an inspiration.”

About the Gallery

Richard Boyd Art Gallery is located on Peaks Island in Portland, ME at the corner of Island Avenue and Epps Street. The gallery represents established and emerging artists with a connection to the state of Maine creating original works of visual art in a variety of styles from contemporary to traditional realism.

During the months of April through October the gallery is open between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. daily. From November through the end of March the gallery is open between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Additional days and times can be scheduled by appointment.

For additional information about the exhibit or reception please contact Richard Boyd Art Gallery by phone at 207-712-1097, via email at or visit . Like the gallery on Facebook at .


Randy Eckard ~ ‘Almost October’ Watercolor on paper 15″ x 21″

Randy Eckard ~ 'Distant Voices' ~ 21" x 15"

Randy Eckard ~ ‘Distant Voices’ ~ Watercolor on Paper 21″ x 15″















Randy Eckard ~ ‘Hilltop Silhoutte’ ~ Watercolor on Paper 15″ x 21″

Randy Eckard ~ ‘From That Far’ ~ Watercolor on Paper 12″ x 8″














Randy Eckard ~ ‘Through Many Lives’ ~ Watercolor on Paper 12″ x 8″

Randy Eckard ~ ‘Beyond the Blue’ ~ Watercolor on Paper 12″ x 8″

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