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After teaching drawing and painting at the Woodstock School of Art (NY) for 17 years, and also teaching at Post College and Central Connecticut State University, Richard concentrated on leading national workshops in landscape painting. For over 20 years he led workshops throughout the US, including venues such as Scottsdale Artists' School (AZ); Mendocino Art Center (CA); Pacific Academy of Fine Arts (CA); Maine Coast Art Workshops (ME); Hudson River Valley Art Workshops (NY); Art in The Mountains (OR); Fredericksburg Artists' School (TX); Pacific Northwest Art School (WA);  and various art organizations in 20 other states, Canada, and Europe. Richard McDaniel has also lectured and taught workshops for a number of pastel societies throughout the country, as well as the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS).


Richard McDaniel possesses the rare ability to help students improve their work, regardless of their aptitude or stylistic viewpoint. His goal is to help students be more effective in achieving their own artistic goals.

Nationally recognized as an artist, author, and teacher, Richard has written five books on art, including The Drawing Book and Landscape, both published by Watson-Guptill, as well as ON LOCATION: Plein Air Painting in Pastel, published by International Artist. His work has been included in 15 books by other authors. After working on the East Coast for over 20 years, most of the time teaching at the Woodstock School of Art in New York, Richard returned to his native California to join the faculty of the Pacific Academy of Fine Arts. McDaniel studied art in New York and California before earning his M.F.A. at the University of Notre Dame.

Richard McDaniel
His paintings and drawings are exhibited widely and are in major collections throughout the country. He is listed in Who's Who in American Art, Who's Who in America, and Who's Who in the World. Richard McDaniel holds membership in the American Impressionist Society and Oil Painters of America, and is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, the Pastel Society of the West Coast and the National Academy of Professional Plein Air Painters. Articles on his work have appeared in American Artist, Art Times, Pastel Journal, Pastel Artist International, and International Artist, among others.


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