Frank Ritchie (b.1941) constructs his landscapes with dots which may imitate leaves and/or falling snow. His technique has less to do with pointillism than with the sheer joy of engaging in the process and satisfying his compulsion; he was diagnosed as being paranoid-schizophrenic. He begins by painting the sky and then he lays the ground. Next he lets his hand droop over the canvas board. His index finger soon gets hot, as if warmed by a candle, and at that point he plants a tree trunk. It is unclear whether his finger radiates heat or if flash points strike from the picture plane but this process accounts for his compositions.
Lisa Stone Arts is the exclusive representative of Frank Ritchie’s artwork, and has been entrusted with the artist’s personal collection of his early paintings.