As a little boy growing up in Ohio, Richard Eyster almost certainly had crayons placed in his hands a little too insistently. His parents were both professional artists, as was his maternal grandfather. His mother pushed him a little too hard, entering his work in contests, and finishing an early portrait he had been working on. No doubt offered with the best of intentions, it was the wrong thing to have done. By the time he was 13, he wanted very little do with the world of art.
Jump ahead more than three decades. Eyster is married and the father of three daughters living in Brooklyn – and trying to make his way through a painful time in his personal life. He begins working with an elderly psychoanalyst, two and then three times a week.
In the process, he begins to understand the liberating power of confronting his own discomfort. And he discovers that now, at last, he can come back to his art and to make it his own. His medium is drybrush watercolor. Working Kolinsky sable brushes and an absolute minimum of water, the pigment dries quickly and deeply on heavy archival French paper, allowing layers of luminous color to emerge through the image.
For a long time, he paints quietly on the side, still working full-time in schools. But his art is being recognized – and is shown in the National Arts Club (NY), the American Watercolor Society at the Salmagundi Club (NY), and National Academy of Design (NY). He has solo gallery shows in New York, in Vermont, in Maine, and in Massachusetts.
Now living by the ocean on Boston’s North Shore, he finally leaves his education career behind in 2015. He founds Time Let Me Play and Uneasy Truce Studios and devotes his energy and imagination full-time to the pursuit of his art.