Exhibitions & Special Events

Karen Weihs ~ Illusions of Ambiance

Friday, June 2nd 2017 - Friday, June 30th 2017

Karen Weihs ~" Illusions of Ambiance" Opening Art Reception on Friday, June 2nd from 5 until 8pm.

Karen Weihs is an American painter that works primarily with a palate knife. She paints in both impressionistic and abstracted styles of oil painting. Being a native of Charleston, South Carolina she often returns to the Holy City to visit friends and get inspiration for her work. Karen and her husband Chris retired to a mountain farm in North Carolina.  Weihs creates paintings with influential design elements, the most common being her use of color, which is why she coined herself “Colorist of the Carolinas”. Her artistic philosophy is all about flow. She allows her hands, head, and heart to create something wonderful, letting the painting flow and become what it wants to be. It takes a lot of trust in oneself to release control over a painting, and Weihs has perfected her artistic freedom. 

What inspires you to paint? It is in my DNA or soul to paint every week. It is like food to me! I must paint. The ideas flow and the desire is so powerful that I can't resist it. 


What has been the highlight of your artistic career? Being affiliated with a wonderful gallery in my home city is so thrilling to me. It feels like a home to me and inspires me from my Charleston roots to my artistic growth. Having collectors from my roots and from the gallery's collector base is so fulfilling. Thanks to Ella Richardson Fine Art. 


What are common themes or characteristics in your paintings? Color is the most influential design element, that is why I coined myself Colorist of the Carolinas. Whether it is a Charleston familiar scene or an abstract, I feel the color must be the focal point. 


What or who has influenced your work? I first saw a watercolor by Alive Ravenel Huger Smith at the Gibbes Museum when I was a teenager. That painting of Cyprus trees reflecting in the water with moss dripping from its branches haunts me to this day. I have measured my work to that abstracted landscape. It has to feel as good as that one which inspires me to this day. Frank Licciardi was my mentor in my 30's after he moved from Chicago to Charleston and his work penetrates my color sense and design. He taught me so much more than my years getting my BFA. His hands-on passion shaped me. I do feel Lamar Dodd who became a famous painter after he taught me at UGA, shaped my repetitive design flair. He was a great gateway teacher to my decision to become a professional oil painter. 


What is your artistic philosophy? Learning to relax and let it flow is my theme. I channel my own confidence and my own instinct  toward "flow." When the head, heart and hand work together, it is magic. If a painting is stubborn, I let it go and wait for another day to let it flow and become what it wants to be. Trust is my friend, it never lets me down in life and art. I try to mentor the younger ones in this state of mind. It is important to let life matters go and let your love for the craft prevail. 


What is your goal with art? To keep creating new and interesting pieces based on my art growth and love of life. Being a student of art and life is a must, and to get to travel in order to keep the inspiration real and the growth sincere. 


Is there anything else you'd like to mention? My blog on my website which one can read any time is important to me to write, and my book "Out Of My Mind"  is a great teacher for life artists wanting to understand the creative process. It was it a great accomplishment. It is almost out of print and I won't republish it. It was right at the time. Onward to newer more exciting things. 

Karen will be at the opening reception to meet her friends and collectors.

Lyuba and Aleksander Titovets ~ Russian Impressionism

Friday, September 1st 2017 - Saturday, September 30th 2017

Aleksander and Lyuba Titovets ~ "Russian Impressionism"

Lyuba and Aleksander Titovets will be in Charleston for the opening reception of their "Russian Impressionism Exhibition" on September 1st from 5:00 until 8:00 pm. The stunning new works will be on view through September 30th. The artists both received their Master of Fine Arts degrees at The St. Petersburg State University of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, Russia. Several years after graduation the couple made a bold move to the United States. They had relatives in El Paso, Texas so that is where they moved and still reside. They have been extremely successful and what many would refer to as a couple that has achieved the American dream. Aleksander specializes in Impressionist landscape and figurative oil paintings. His most famous painting is unquestionably the one of First Lady, Laura Bush which was unveiled in 2008. The exquisite portrait hangs in the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution. Lyuba Titovets is a still life artist and also creates whimsical Russsian Folk scenes. She has become one of the top painters in America of this genre. Her works exude a vibrancy and playfulness that captivate the viewer and bring them emotionally into the scene. There is much detail in her scenes but her style is quite painterly. The new show will have a variety of American and European scenes.



Lecture by Aleksander and Lyuba Titovets

Saturday, September 2nd 2017 - Saturday, September 2nd 2017

Lecture discussing the Celebration of 25 Years in America with Lyuba and Aleksander Titovets from 5 until 6 pm on September 2nd, 2017. Wine and light bites will be served.

Aleksander and Lyuba Titovets will be discussing their 25 year art career in America. The Titovet's left St. Petersburg Russia to join family in El Paso, Texas a quarter of a century ago. They had received their Masters of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg and had also taught painting in their homeland prior to the journey to the United States.  Success has followed them and you will have an opportunity to hear of the highlights of their career as well as ask questions. One highlight was when Aleksander was chosen to paint First Lady Laura Bush's portrait for the Smithsonian's First Lady Portrait Gallery back in 2007-2008. 

Celebration of Life

Friday, October 6th 2017 - Tuesday, October 31st 2017

Craig Nelson European Exhibition of New Oil Paintings

Craig Nelson Exhibition of 30 New Oil Paintings from his travels in Europe. Craig has been showing at Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art for 16 years. He brings a fresh approach to how he captures everyday people in their lives in quaint European villages as well as the more iconic places like Rome, Venice, London and Paris. When he travels every summer Craig typically spends part of his time teaching workshops. He will be offering a 3 day plein air workshop in Charleston this October 7th throgh 9th in conjunction with his exhibition opening.  For information please contact the gallery as space is limited to 12 participants.

3 Day Fall Plein Air Workshop with Craig Nelson

Friday, October 6th 2017 - Monday, October 9th 2017

3 Day Fall Plein Air Workshop with California Artist Craig Nelson in Charleston

Craig Nelson has been teaching art for over 30 years at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California. He has written several books on painting as well as produced videos of quick studies. This year we are delighted to announce that Mr. Nelson will be offering a 3 day plein air workshop in the lowcountry of Charleston. This will coincide with the opening of his 16th show at Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art. Class space is limited to 12 and a list of materials needed is available for participants. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from a true master. He has tought several of the artists that Richardson has shown over the years including Lindsay Goodwin. Price for the workshop is $400.00 please call 843.722.3660 to sign up or for more information.

Suggested Supplies (This is only a check list, not everything is necessary)

  1.   Easel (portable type) French easel, EasyL, Sienna, etc…call if you have questions on which easel        might work best for you!

  2.    Good small plastic or fabric drop cloth for under your easel

  3.    Turpenoid or Gamsol

*Please bring empty jar with lid for turp, brush cleaner or turp can

      4.  Suggested medium: Gamblin Solvent Free Gel or Walnut, Linseed

            or Safflower oil

      5.  Palette (disposable paper palette is ok) bring gesso if you wish

      6.  Digital camera

      7.  Canvas: You will need approximately 6 canvas panels; 9x12, 11x14 or           12x16.

      8.  Suggested brushes for oils or acrylics:

            Hogs bristle filberts or flats: #2, #4, #6, #8, #10

            Sable or synthetic sable: #2, or #4, #14 or #16 flats

            #1 liner or rigor

      9.  Paper towels and /or paint rags or shop towels

 Bring the mediums you prefer to work with: Oil, Acrylic or Watercolor

Paints: purchase oil if you are working in oil, acrylics if you are working with acrylic….these are recommended, not all are required


Oils                                                                                         Acrylics

Titanium or soft formula white                                      titanium white or gesso

Naples yellow light                                                       yellow oxide or yellow ochre

Cad. Yellow light or hue                                               cad yellow light

Yellow ochre                                                                cad orange or hue

Cad red light or medium (hue)                                    cad or napthol red light

Alizarin crimson                                                          alizarin crimson

Ultramarine blue                                                         ultramarine blue

Cerulean or Prussian blue                                         cerulean blue (optional)

Sap green                                                                  hookers green or veridian

Burnt umber                                                              raw sienna (optional)

                                                                                  burnt umber

                                                                                  Plastic water bucket


Watercolor or Gouache or Pastels (if you desire) 


John C. Traynor ~ An American Impressionist

Friday, November 3rd 2017 - Thursday, November 30th 2017

John C. Traynor - Exhibition of Charleston and New England Scenes

John C. Traynor was born on October 19, 1961.  Traynor spent his early years in Chester and Mendham, New Jersey, attending Delbarton School in Morristown.  He pursued formal arts training at Paier College of Art in New Haven, Connecticut, and figure painting with Frank Mason at the Art Students League of New York.  Traynor continued to study landscape painting in Vermont with Mr. Mason, drawing with Carroll N. Jones Jr. of Stowe, Vermont, and sculpture for one year with Brother Jerome Cox in Florence, Italy.

John spent his early years in Chester and Mendham New Jersey. His art studies began at Delbarton School in Morristown New Jersey; from there he went to Paier College of Art in New Haven Connecticut, startingat the age of 16. He studied figure painting at the Art Students League of New York, as a merit scholar, with Frank Mason, as well as landscape painting with Mason in Vermont. John followed his studies with Mason by spending a year studying sculpture in Italy.

Having completed his studies by the time he was 20 years old, John was determined to become a professional artist. As an unknown artist John started selling his paintings at outdoor art shows, in the Northeast where he was able to meet collectors in person. This exposure opened opportunities with galleries

Traynor has won numerous awards including the Frank Dumont award from the Hudson Valley Art Association and the Medal of Honor from the Salmagundi Club of which he is an honorary member. John was also recently inducted into the Delbarton School Hall of Honors and he has reached the level of Copley Master from the Copley Society of Boston.

John has made numerous painting expeditions to Ireland as well as trips to Holland, Italy, France, Hawaii and many locations across the United States. John currently resides in southern New Hampshire in a quaint New England village with his wife Liz. Their home is surrounded by many gardens that inspire John’s paintings.

John is a skilled painter of every genre: landscape, still life and portraiture.  His unique blend of realism and atmospheric impressionism set his work apart. Many people can recognize a “Traynor painting” by its brush strokes and unique feeling. Part of his success is connecting emotionally with others through his work. People are often reminded of moments in their life or memories of the past.

John is inspired by the nature he sees around him whether it is the flowers from his gardens, people in his life or the landscape outdoors. Traynor’s interpretation of his subject matter is influenced from artists of the past. His use of light and atmospheric effect are found in many of the old master paintings such as the American tonality painters and the French Impressionist artists. There is a richness and fullness to his work that is ‘old world’ yet contemporary with his unique style.