We fell in LOVE with Ritch Gaiti’s paintings.
We think they are amazing, vibrant, visceral and thought-provoking. So free and heart felt!
Ritch is giving away a signed coffee table book of his artwork to one very lucky winner this holiday season! The book is titled Paintings of Another Time, Another Place; a 40-page hard cover book in full color containing more than fifty of Ritch’s ethereal paintings of the west. Complete with descriptive verse.
All you have to do to *enter to win is answer this question in the comment section of our blog…
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[box] What most inspires you about horses in their natural environment? [/box]
Check out Ritch Gaiti’s website, Gaiti.com, for more examples of his work. We were lucky enough to get an interview with him and some samples of his gorgeous paintings…
Tell us a bit about yourself!
After spending many years running a technology division on Wall Street, I decided to venture into my right brain. I had many diversions including painting, writing, flying, tennis, skiing and movies. So I shifted “” from my analytical left brain to my creative right brain; from the buttoned-up structure of big company bureaucracy to the free flowing world of art; from the canyons of Wall Street to the open range. Both had rules and structure but the latter had my rules and structure. I had been painting for several years as a hobby, after I left the business world, I started to take it more seriously.
What inspired you to become a painter?
I had always been in love with western America, an anomaly for a kid from Brooklyn. Somehow, I had been enamored with the expanse of the west, the Native American culture and, of course, horses. Horses embody beauty, grace, strength, but, most of all, freedom. They are a raw but gentle energy. I paint them in their natural environs, a pasture, an open range, climbing a hill or crossing water “” whether playfully romping, trailing within the herd or simply idling. There are no fences to constrain them, just the natural obstacles of nature. When I paint Native Americans, I paint the entire culture, their history and their stolen future. I paint their spirit in search of a lost destiny.
How early did you know you wanted to be a painter?
I never knew that I wanted to be a painter ““ I just knew that I wanted to experience new things and see where my creativity would lead me. I’ve also tried writing, filmmaking, sculpting and a few other endeavors. I just like variety and diversity and finding out what I’ve got.
Do you remember your first painting of a horse?
Basically self-taught, initially I tried to be representational “” that is, take photos of horses, and, essentially, emulate them with paint. The more I studied my subject; I realized that I was painting the outside of my subjects. I needed to dig deeper, beneath the surface “” to release the emotion, the drive, most of all, the spirit. A painting should tell a story “” capturing that moment in time enveloped between what was and what will be. I began to look at my subjects differently. I asked: what are they thinking/feeling? Where are they coming from? Where are they going? What just happened and what is about to happen?
What is your favorite among your works of art that mean the most to you?
Night Moves is one of my favorites. It depicts horses milling in the midst of the herd on the edge of night. Recently, it was featured on the cover of Horses in Art magazine. I also love Trailblazers, which is a blend of impasto (textured) paint as horses emerge from a a cloud of trail dust.
[box] ENTER TO WIN by answering this question in the comments section below: What most inspires you about horses in their natural environment? [/box]
*We use Random.org to choose winners. All entries at HorseDigests.com are created equal. 😉 Comments close at 10pm (CST) Christmas Day. Winner will be announced on DEC. 26th. You may email Ritch at email@example.com or visit his website, Gaiti.com for more information on his work.