As far back as I can remember, I had a drawing pencil and paper in front of me. As I wandered my way through school I was exposed to all kinds of creative skills. Just after WWII, thinking that war might break out again at anytime, boys in middle school had to take drafting, metalwork shop, and woodworking shop, especially those who were not seen as Business School or College bound. By the time I got to high school, I picked up a paint brush under the tutelage of Mr. “Wild” Bill Cody. I couldn’t put it down! I was fascinated by what my imagination could get up to and splash out on paper and canvas.
Once school was out, and faced with the draft, I volunteered to go into the U.S. Air Force. All my creative talent went into doing my job as manager in charge of the Flight Surgeons Office and being a flying medic.
Coming out of the military in 1959, I took the government up on some free education and signed up for art classes through the mail with the Famous Artist School of Westport, Connecticut. The most important contribution they made to my education was providing me with supplies. The critiques I received about my submitted art work made me feel that I was being herded into a world of conformity I did not wish to enter. I lasted a year or so and went on my own way.
I kept moving in a direction that allowed my creativity to remain unfocused and as diverse as possible. It was not easy doing societies bidding, marriage, children, working for a living, etc,. I had only the weekends for my creative experimentation.
For a vocation, I entered the world of marketing. After traveling all over the country as the marketing director for several large corporations, I became a lobbyist in Washington, DC. Business success allowed more freedom to pursue my explosive desire to create art. As I traveled the country I visited as many art museums as possible as well as spending time with other artists. I sold many of my paintings as I traveled, to business acquaintances, friends and family. They enjoyed the quaintness of my early depiction of New England scenes including the historic perceptions and descriptions. Most of my work was in acrylics, watercolor with a smattering of woodwork, wire sculpture and assemblages.
In the 1970’s I wondered into the quick printing and publishing business as a business owner. I founded “American Studio Arts” in which I had local artists submit black and white drawings which I published on rag art paper, in limited editions, they in turn hand painted and numbered them. I then matted and framed them, assembled them into interesting packages of various themes, and sold them nationwide to gift shops. It was a fine concept, providing the newly emerging suburbanites with inexpensive prints for their homes.
I also started a handcrafted toy company called “Tivey Toy Works” selling to history museum gift shops throughout the country as well as some art museum gift shops. Most popular was a series of hand painted wooden animals on wheels, Noah’s Ark figures, etc. as well.
This past November 2017, at 80 years of age, I decided to devote as much time as I am able to my painting. I now have a collection of watercolor paintings that I would like to share with you. If you have an interest in seeing what my latest works are all about, please eMail me and request a catalogue. I will send you my latest catalogue, price list, etc., attached to a responding eMail, in pdf , easily readable on any computer.
Thank you for your interest, and I do hope I have something of interest for your consideration.
Art by Richard Herbert Tivey
P.O. Box 215 Wolfeboro, New Hampshire 03894 Telephone: 603-569-7902