Formerly an art director, graphic designer, photographer, and head of his own advertising agency, Richard Yeager now devotes all of his energies to painting.
His paintings embrace a contemporary impressionistic style built on an underlying abstract design. They capture the dynamics of the scene, with an emphasis on the quality of light and the essence of the subject. They exhibit a strong sense of composition and superb draftsmanship.
Yeager prefers to paint landscapes “en plein air” – “To set up the easel and paint on the spot – with all the nuances of color, shifting light and shadow, plus the sounds, the smells, the weather, even the nuisances of insects, excessive heat or cold, wind, and the interruptions of passers-by – seems to enhance the process of painting and provides the most profound opportunity to capture the mood and character of a place.” Occasionally, these paintings become the source for later, more complex studio compositions.
Yeager studied drawing, painting, photography, and graphic design at the Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts), and later was an instructor there for many years. He has taken subsequent courses at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and workshops with Ed Whitney and Don Stone.
In addition to exhibiting in numerous juried and invitational shows, he has also been recruited as a juror for several important exhibitions.
In his advertising career he has received many awards for his creativity. These include two Clio awards for television commercials, Gold and Silver awards from New York Art Directors Club and the Philadelphia Art Directors Club, the Hollywood Advertising Club, and Gold awards from American Advertising Federation, including Best of Show.
Richard divides his time between studios in Kennebunkport, Maine and Moorestown, New Jersey. He also travels frequently around the U.S. and abroad to paint.