William C Wright - Along Western Run - w


Solo Exhibition of Paintings of the Landscape in Maryland and Beyond 


JUNE 12 – AUGUST 31, 2021

For more than forty years, award-winning artist William C. Wright has been painting the landscape in a realistic style noted for its dramatic light and crisp clarity. He uses traditional materials and methods when painting with watercolor, working light to dark with transparent washes on paper, or with oil on panel or canvas. While he has painted many subjects, Wright's most recent work often tells the story of rural landscapes near his home in Maryland and across the Mid-Atlantic region, where he is particularly interested in painting abandoned farms and dilapidated barns. On his travels across the United States, including visits to several National Parks, he explores wild and unspoiled locations to discover just the right vantage point before setting up his easel.  


Whether stopping by the roadside, hillside, or at water’s edge, Wright is drawn to a particular panorama to begin a new painting adventure. His brushwork may result in impressionistic plein air pieces or studies for paintings that will be further developed in the studio. The process of painting in the landscape can often become a race with the elements, as he completes his paintings onsite with available sunlight and unexpected weather changes. Wright excels at painting skies and his skill is evident in the clouds that often become the subjects of many of his works. No matter the location, the artist strives to convey a sense of peace and quiet solitude in his landscapes.

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COPYRIGHT STATEMENT: All images are the property of artist William C. Wright and are protected by copyright. No image can be used without the written permission of the artist.

ARTWORK IS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE: To purchase a painting from the online gallery, please contact Gallery Director, Anne Burton, by sending an email to aburton@blackrockcenter.org. Artwork can be picked up by appointment at BlackRock Center for the Arts. Shipping can also be arranged for an additional fee.


William C. Wright earned a BFA in Painting from the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, CA. His paintings have been widely exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States as well as many national competitions, most notably The American Watercolor Society’s “Annual Exhibition” at the Salmagundi Club in New York, NY, and “Watercolor USA,” at the Springfield Art Museum in Springfield, MO. Wright's work has been presented in numerous solo shows and in both juried and invitational group exhibitions in galleries which include Gallery C (Raleigh, NC), Beverly McNeil Gallery (Birmingham, AL), M.A. Doran Gallery (Tulsa OK), Winfield Gallery (Carmel, CA), Gallery 1261 (Denver, CO), Main Street Gallery (Annapolis, MD), Warm Springs Gallery (Warm Springs, VA), BlackRock Center for the Arts (Germantown, MD), Maryland Hall for the Arts (Annapolis, MD), Strathmore Arts Center (Bethesda, MD), and The University of Maryland Art Gallery (College Park, MD).


Wright’s work has received numerous awards in regional and national juried competitions and the artist is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, Baltimore Watercolor Society, Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association, and the International Guild of Realism. His paintings have been published in 14 books, including three of the the “Splash” series published by Northlight Books, and “100 Plein Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic” published by Shiffer Publishing, and "Watercolor Planning and Painting" from Quatro Publishing. Wright is also the auther of his own watercolor book "Make Your Watercolors Shine" published by International Artist. His work has appeared in many feature magazine articles published in Watercolor Artist Magazine, The Artist’s Magazine, Southwest Art Magazine and International Artist Magazine, among others.  Wright maintains his studio in Stevenson, MD. To learn more, visit the artist's website: www.williamcwrightart.com

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