Exhibitions & Special Events

Craig Nelson ~ Watershed Moments

Friday, February 7th 2020 - Tuesday, March 3rd 2020

Join us for the year’s first Art Walk and meet the artist! Mirroring the character of the French Quarter itself, Craig Nelsons paintings have a timeless quality. Stroll by stately European facades and sweeping land- and waterscapes where past and present mingle. His masterful brushwork brings the textures of stucco, stone, sunlight and rain to impressionistic life on his canvases. 


See the artist at work! On Saturday, February 8, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m., Nelson will hold a painting demonstration in the gallery and will discuss his technique and materials.


Exhibition on view through March 3, 2020.


Since 1970, Nelson has been depicting figures, landscapes and various environments in rich, vibrant oils. His passion for the subjects relates directly to his brushwork, weaving mood and emotion into each work of art.


After graduating from Art Center College of Design with distinction, Nelson began his career working in Los Angeles for recording companies and motion picture studios, creating portraits and other subjects with strict deadlines. Nelson's countless movie posters include "The Cowboys,” “Slapshot," and "Homeward Bound" among others. His many album cover credits include "Sammy Davis Jr. Live,” "Rick Nelson, Country,” and "Natalie Cole, Thankful.”


Collectors include James Garner, Neil Simon, Toyota Corporation, UCLA Dental and Law Schools, the U.S. Air Force, UCSF Dental School and many others. He has won more than 200 awards of excellence and several gold medals. The "Arts for the Parks" national competition awarded Nelson the Grand Teton Natural History Award for a painting entitled "Dining Alone". His work is collected in the United States, Asia and Europe.


In 1974 Nelson began teaching at Art Center College of Design and for the past 30 years has been sharing his knowledge at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco where he is Director of the School of Fine Art, MFA & BFA, Drawing and Painting.


Nelson is currently a signature member of the California Art Club, and a member of the Portrait Society of America. Craig's books "60 Minutes to Better Painting" and "The Drawing Bible,”  published by North Light, are now available.  He teaches two to three workshops a year which have gained in popularity, attracting students from all over the United States and Europe.   Nelson's annual Figurative Painting workshop and his Sonoma Plein Air Painting workshop are held in Santa Rosa, California.  His European Painting workshops have covered many areas throughout Italy and France, Austria, Holland and the Italian alps.  His Summer 2019 workshop was in Sicily and in January 2020 Nelson offered a plein air workshop in Cuba.


Hope Reis ~ An Eye for Beauty

Monday, January 6th 2020 - Wednesday, February 5th 2020

January 2020’s Featured Artist: Hope Reis | An Eye for Beauty 


Hope Reis’ paintings of interiors and gardens offer a glimpse into a world of serenity and elegance. Viewers relax into these plush settings, often with a tea tray at the ready and lamplight glowing.  


Originally from Greenwich, Connecticut, Reis now resides in Palm Beach, Florida. She learned to paint through self-study and workshops with some of the most respected instructors in the country.


Having received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interior Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, she sees her series of interiors as bringing her full circle, combining her love of beautiful surroundings with her passion for painting.


Reis seeks to combine Realism and Impressionism in her paintings and drawings from life. Whether arranging subject matter in her studio, painting outside en plein air or working with a model, her desire is to capture the light and the ambience of the scene. 


Reis is a member of the Oil Painters of America, the Portrait Society of America, American Women Artists, the American Impressionist Society, Women Painters of the Southeast, Plein Air Painters of Palm Beach and Landscape Painters International.


Lindsay Goodwin ~ European Interiors

Friday, December 6th 2019 - Saturday, January 4th 2020

Join us for a sumptuous evening of European Interiors,  new artwork by Lindsay Goodwin, at a reception Friday, Dec. 6, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Experience Old World elegance and charm in these paintings of storied chateaux, restaurants and hotels on the First Friday ArtWalk and meet the artist. 


During the summer, Lindsay and her family travel Europe. This past summer they toured parts of England, Belgium, France, Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland. Lindsay said she was always willing to follow a lead if she got a tip on a great interior, one with the ambience only age can bestow. All of her paintings depict real places, so viewers may recognize places they’ve been, or would like to go.  When she returns home, she heads to her studio to reconstruct the rooms in oil on canvas, from the table settings to the tapestries.


A passionate devotee of capturing spontaneous romanticism, Lindsay is a treasured discovery among the next generation of fine artists. Lindsay creates gradations of tonal balance on her canvases; equilibriums evident when the viewer recognizes the artful juxtapositions of warms and cools.  Her fascination for capturing the historical moment of interiors from Paris to Boston reflects our own human desire for beauty in our lives and for bringing the elegance of historical splendor into our homes.


Born and raised in Topanga, California, Lindsay had her initial fine art training at O'Neill's Fine Arts in Malibu. Following instruction under Katie O’Neill, Lindsay enrolled at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. 


On her way to a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Lindsay gained invaluable artistic knowledge as a student of Craig Nelson. Lindsay has incorporated Nelson’s utilization of rapid oil studies into her own methodology.  She paints alla prima, Italian for “at first attempt,” also called a wet-on-wet technique. This allows her to work anywhere on the canvas at any time during the process. She will even work through the night to complete a painting from start to finish. She believes that by setting a time limit to her canvas, she sharpens nearly every aspect of her work, including perspective, tonality, and most importantly, atmosphere. During her final semester at the Academy of Art University, Lindsay was chosen as one of the top emerging artists among her graduating class. 


Now an established artist with talent she continues to hone, Lindsay’s following also continues to grow. 


Her awards and press coverage include:


In 2018, she was awarded the National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society 2018 Best of America Competition Merit Award for Glow of Provence, Avignon (Oil, 30” x 40”). 


She was the winner of the Oil Painters of America 2017 National Juried Competition Exhibition Still Life Award of Excellence for Belle Epoque Paris (Oil, 40” x 30”).


Lindsay received an Honorable Mention Award from Oil Painters of America for her painting, Light on Copper  from her 2012 Spring Online Showcase.


In December 2008, Goodwin was showcased in American Art Collector’s largest feature article to date, with an eight-page spread of her solo exhibition that year.  


One of her most-sought after recognitions was her inclusion in Southwest Art magazine’s annual “Top 21 Artists under 31” spread in their September 2005 issue. 

Kevin Chadwick ~ Family Life

Friday, November 1st 2019 - Saturday, November 30th 2019

Please join us at Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art at 58 Broad Street in historic downtown Charleston on Friday, November 1, from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. for the opening reception of “Family Life,” featuring Lynchburg, Va., artist Kevin Chadwick. He will be present and would love to meet and discuss his artwork. Chadwick captures not only the essence but the very heart and soul of his subjects. The show is focused on the importance of family life. Over the past several decades it has become exceedingly apparent to all of us that family is the core of what defines us as we grow up. Sometimes a family is created through life’s journey, versus our family of origin. Each of Kevin's paintings are a tapestry of color, harmony and composition. They leave the viewer seeking intimacy with the art, just as we all seek closeness with those in our family and our circle. The audience is often left feeling a spiritual connection to the paintings as our humanity has been captured on his canvases.


"My work seems to be ever-evolving, but I am still drawn to and fascinated by strong African American figures. Where my recent works have taken me, is as the role of a story teller. Whether a lone figure in my patterned background or a family scene, I now try to include a bit of history or a touch of something else hidden in the painting to hopefully make the viewer take a moment to discover what is happening in the work that may not be noticed at first glance,” said Chadwick. “From perhaps at first unseen snakes to West African symbols, images are scattered throughout my paintings to better help tell the story of those captured in my paintings."  


After graduating from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in 1976, Chadwick’s career took off and has taken many artistic turns through the years. Landing his first job as an illustrator while still in school, Kevin worked for a national glassware company illustrating for corporations such as McDonalds, Burger King, Hallmark Cards and Twentieth Century Fox. Upon moving to Washington, D.C., in 1978, Kevin first freelanced as a magazine illustrator until 1984 when he decided to form his own firm, Chadwick Design Incorporated. First specializing in theatrical graphics, Chadwick also illustrated for national ad agencies along with National Geographic, The Washington Post, PBS, Kennedy Center, New York Times Book Review, Special Olympics and the Shakespeare Library, just to name but a few. Chadwick received numerous awards from Communication Arts Magazine,  and the Art Directors Club of New York and of Washington, D.C. Able to illustrate in various mediums, Chadwick increasingly enjoyed the richness of oil paints. First using them as washes combined with pencil in illustrations, he later began using strictly traditional oils on canvas or panel.


Chadwick now works out of the historic city of Lynchburg, Va., painting full time. His portraits and figurative works can now be found in the collections of the Caring Institute, Washington, D.C.; World Mercy Fund, Bad Homburg, Germany; The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Stratford-upon-Avon, England; Doyle Hotel Collection, Dublin, Ireland; and in private collections both here in the States and in Europe. Chadwick now specializes in African American figures.


Jeff Jamison ~ Everyday Romance

Friday, October 4th 2019 - Thursday, October 31st 2019

"Everyday Romance" is an exhibition of new works by Jeff Jamison. The reception opening will be held Friday, October 4 from 5:00 until 8:00 pm. Please join us for refreshments and an opportunity to chat with the artist.

Jamison imbues a combination of nostalgia and timelessness into his paintings through use of a contemporary style. This might seem paradoxical, and perhaps it is, but it is what makes his works so enigmatic. They are beautiful and mysterious, light and carefree and above all, they invite you to participate with your imagination. The cities Jamison features might appear to be New York or Paris, but look close! Many paintings are in fact the cities of his dreams— mashups of places he has been and places he wishes to go. Because of the ambiguity of people and places, Jamison's works offer something to everyone.
Born in 1958 in West Memphis, Arkansas, Jamison became interested in art at an early age. He began taking classes as a means of learning how to capture the light and shadows that held his constant attention. His serious art studies began at Middle Tennessee State University in 1977. In 1982, Jamison enrolled at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. After two years, he graduated and was offered the position of Editorial Illustrator for the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel newspaper. During this time, he also worked as a courtroom sketch artist in the Manuel Noriega trials in Miami. His award-winning illustrations began to fill national publications, including magazines and novel covers.
Eventually deciding to convert to painting, Jamison utilizes his skill for drawing and scale combined with learned Old Master techniques and his own contemporary impressionistic creativity. He calls his process “controlled chaos.” His awards and honors include: Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils – Award of Excellence (2009); Paint America Association’s Paint the Parks Top 100 (2007); Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Mini Show Finalist (2007); Salon International Museum of Contemporary Masters - Third Place, Honorable Mention, and Jury Top 50 (2004, judged by Pino); National Park Services “Arts for the Parks” Competition - Mini Top 100 (2004); National “Paint Christopher Columbus” contest – Winner (1994).

Book Signing for Webb Hubbell's new release

Thursday, September 26th 2019 - Thursday, September 26th 2019

Webb Hubbell Book Signing for "The East End" September 26 from 11:30 am until 4:30 pm

Webb Hubbell, former Associate Attorney General of the United States, is an author and lecturer. His novels, When Men BetrayGinger Snaps, and A Game Of Inches, and his memoir, Friends in High Places were published by Beaufort Books. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps Won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. He also writes a daily blog of personal meditations at thehubbellpew.com.
Jack Patterson returns to Little Rock at the request of his boyhood friend Sam Pagano, but when Jack arrives, he's abducted and taken to a remote swamp where he's beaten and lynched by men set on revenge. Clovis Jones, his friend and bodyguard, finds Jack near death and gets him to a hospital.
As Jack recovers, he learns Sam's college sweetheart, Jana Hall, is now a doctor who established and ran Arkansas's health clinics for the poor including one in Little Rock's East End. Jana's efforts stepped on the toes of some powerful people, including someone who wants her clinics shut down, her medical practice ended, and for her to spend the rest of her life in jail. Meanwhile, someone has killed the men who tried to lynch Jack, and Jack is the prime suspect in the murders.
To make matters worse, Jack must defend Jana without the aid of his trusted assistant, Maggie, and his usual co-counsel, Micki Lawrence. Jack faces an unethical special prosecutor, a judge on the take, and the shadowy power broker bent on destroying Dr. Hall and her health clinics. Why Jana has become such a target, no one seems to know. Every time Jack thinks he has caught a break or sees a way to exonerate Dr. Hall, his adversaries or his client put a new obstacle in his path, including a second killer bent on settling an old score.
Jack's courtroom tactics fail, his client wants to plead guilty to protect her patients, and in a last-ditch effort to overcome the long odds against his client he resorts to a complicated and dangerous strategy. The strategy will either save Jana's life and reputation, or get Jack disbarred, his client put away for life, or worse--get Jack killed.
Editorial Reviews
"The East End is a powerful, authentic thriller... It's a great read and an important warning." —Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States and co-author of The President Is Missing
The East End is another in a series of amazing works by Webb Hubbell… Don’t start this book unless you have some free time, because you aren’t going to want put it down!" —J. O. Booker M.D., Former Medical Advisor to the Arkansas Department of Health
"Webb Hubbell’s The East End is brilliant and captivating. Hubbell’s understanding, use, and ability to explain the vagaries of the legal system is remarkable." —Philip J. Hirschkop, civil rights attorney
"The East End is a very well written thriller that keeps the reader on edge. As well as social commentary on health care issues of our day. A great read. I couldn’t put it down. Kudos to Webb Hubbell." —The Reverend Luis Leon, Rector of St. John's Church
"The East End was… a page turner with a fascinating courtroom segment that clearly reflects Hubbell’s legal background and expertise. This novel was particularly enjoyable for me with its backdrop of public health issues impacting low income residents." — Tom Milne, Former Executive Director National Association of County and City Health Departments
"Smart, fast-paced, and insightful, The East End delivers a heart-pounding tale with depth and nuance." —J. F. Riordan, author of "The North of the Tension Line" Series and Reflections on a Life in Exile
From the Publisher

RELATIVITY ~ Mike Basher

Friday, September 13th 2019 - Monday, September 30th 2019

Mike Basher "RELATIVITY" A New Exhibition of Large Format Black and White Photography

M I K E   B A S H E R    ~     "R E L A T I V I T Y "

The dependence of various physical phenomena on relative motion of the observer and the observed objects, especially regarding the nature and behavior of light, space, time and gravity...


Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art is pleased to announce Relativity, a new solo exhibition 

of large format silver gelatin black and white photographs by artist Mike Basher. The artist reflects upon his profound regard for our environment. Engaging in form and emotion, this collection of photographs displays a definite subject in an obscure place, which speak directly to a broad audience. Merging photography and design, Basher carefully crafts these thought provoking vignettes on large sheets of black and white film, which deliver a richness and clarity to his works.



Hunting Island Studies


Located at the southern coast of South Carolina, Hunting Island is constantly transforming. Over the past century, this barrier island’s shore line has been driven inland by over a mile, due to sand migration. Recent hurricanes have accelerated this process, leaving structures weakened and trees stranded and uprooted in the surf.


Through long exposures, this series of photographs shows these natural processes as they occur.



Pound Net Studies


Unlike many other methods of net fishing, psych as trawling, where literal tons of by-catch fish per haul can die, the use of pound nets is a sustainable method of harvesting fish, which has been used for centuries. The tide and natural water currents guide fish along these nets, where they find their way into the larger round area for harvest. Once netted and measured, the targeted species is kept, and any unwanted species are released, alive.




For the past sixteen years, Mike Basher has traveled the globe photographing 

campaigns for large corporations such as Under Armour, Reebok and The North Face, working with celebrities and athletes like Michael Phelps, Lindsey Vonn, and Andy Murray. This selection of his photography is the antithesis.


His inspiration for his work comes from the solitude of the outdoors. Mike's sublime, minimalistic photographs take a look at scenes often visited by others, yet his approach in isolating subjects leaves the viewer to often question, and even disregard its whereabouts.

Working exclusively with large format black and white film, each image is carefully crafted-seen through the process of making a precise exposure, hand developing the negative, final printing and display. This involved, hands-on craft brings him close to 

his work. What the viewer sees is essentially an extension of his persona. Quiet and precise, yet bold.


The artist will be at the gallery located at 58 Broad Street for his exhibition opening. Friday, September 13th from 5:00 until 8:00 pm the reception will coincide with the Charleston Art Gallery Association Art Walk in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. The show will be on view through September 30th, 2019.

Evgeny & Lydia Baranov ~ European Romance

Friday, August 2nd 2019 - Monday, September 2nd 2019

As the warmth of summer days and nights begins to wind down the romance comes alive in a new show at Ella W. Richardson Fine Art. Painting duo Evgeny and Lydia Baranov are back with a collection of stunning European beauties, from old wooden sailboats in Cornwall, Normandy, Holland and Lake Garda to alfresco dining in Venice. Every year, the Baranovs seem to expand their horizons both in travel and artistry and we are so honored to exhibit their masterpieces in the gallery.

Their style, a blend of realism and impressionism captivates audiences as does their unique method of collaboration. In many of their paintings, the artists work simultaneously on the same canvas while painting en plein air. Working in a duet enables them to perform faster and evaluate their own accomplishments in a more comprehensive manner. "As always with collaborative work, the greatest challenge is learning to respect the opinion of the creative partner and to accept constructive criticism," they say. 

This collection is particularly striking because of the color palette they were working from. You have a range of pinks in the Peonies, to burnt red and mustard yellow of a row of ancient buildings that house restaurants and shops in Venice to the sailing vessels of European ports including Hoorn and Honfleur. There are also works from the small villages of Malcesine and Cassone. You can't help but smile when you look at the Baranovs' works: they ooze warmth in every brushstroke. 

Born in Moscow, Evgeny Baranov and Lydia Velichko Baranov are known internationally for their exquisite oil paintings. Evgeny received his Masters of Science in Architecture from the Moscow Architectural Institute in 1984 and Lydia received the same degree in 1987. The two met when they were working as architects with the Institute of Special Projects in Restoration, Moscow. They were married and moved to the United States in 1990. Notable collectors of their work include the Royal Family of the United Kingdom, the Hearst Family, the Clint Eastwood Family, and the Russian Federation. They have been featured in numerous publications, including Art of the West, The Artist's Magazine, Southwest Art, and PleinAir magazine and have accrued countless awards from competitions over the years. Most recently, the Baranovs won First Place in the June-July 2015 PleinAir Salon sponsored by PleinAir magazine.The Baranovs currently reside in Pebble Beach, California.