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Gene Ritchhart

Gene Ritchhart

Elma, Wa

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Hi, I'm Gene Ritchhart, I was born at home in July of 1955 as the son of a sailor. Pop was the first to spank my bottom ! Since my father was a navy man I spent most of my life in San Diego,Ca. Growing up I also spent time in Oak Harbor and Bremerton, Washington. I graduated in 1974 back in El Cajon, California. I doodled and sketched in my early years as a lot of kids do, but I found I enjoyed drawing and painting in highschool. I was one of those lucky students that had an art teacher who cared and influenced his students in how much fun it was to paint.
Upon graduation I enlisted into the army and spent my tour of service as a mechanized infantryman in Germany. I had the oppurtunity to see a lot of Germany as a driver. It was while stationed there I started to paint in watercolors after driving by a grove of beautiful sunflowers nesttled in the side of a hill. I did a few peices for some of the NCO's while staioned there. After the service I returned home which had again changed geographically back to Bremerton, Wa. Home was where mom and pop were; And they had moved back to Washington. Using my GI Bill I attained my AA Degree thru Olympic College in 1983. I painted in acrylic and found I really loved them ! Any canvas I worked on would dry in an hour and I could go back in to make any changes I felt necessary. Durning my two year degree I would often hike and camp all over Washington. My sketch books and camera were always with me. Except for an eight year job in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Washington has been my home . Now I'm a little past half a century old and I still love to explore this state.
The newest chapter in the life of this artist is a move from Olympia to Arlington, Wa. My wonderful wife had a job offer we could not turn away from. So be on the look out for new photos and paintings of the North Cascades. From where we live the mountains are close by and are already calling to me. Well alas the mountains still call but a job oppurtunity moved us to ELMA, Washington. So goes another chapter of new images to capture and share.

 

River Tree by Gene Ritchhart

 

Snow Tree by Gene Ritchhart

 

Cold Marsh by Gene Ritchhart

 

Pilchuck River by Gene Ritchhart

 

Afternoon Sun by Gene Ritchhart

 

Cliff Tree by Gene Ritchhart

 

LK. Campbell by Gene Ritchhart

 

Fidalgo Barn 2 by Gene Ritchhart

 

Old Barn by Gene Ritchhart

 

Look at the Angels by Gene Ritchhart

 

Clearing the Wire by Gene Ritchhart

 

OJ-2 Observation Plane USN by Gene Ritchhart

 

Resting on the Porch by Gene Ritchhart

 

Red Ivy by Gene Ritchhart

 

Ms. Black Snoozing by Gene Ritchhart

 

Ms. Black Waking Up by Gene Ritchhart

 

Head On Attack by Gene Ritchhart

 

Spartan Executive 7w by Gene Ritchhart

 

Purple white Pansy by Gene Ritchhart

 

Pink Petunia by Gene Ritchhart

 

Ms. Black by Gene Ritchhart

 

Purple Dazy by Gene Ritchhart

 

Red Leaves by Gene Ritchhart

 

Leaf Veins by Gene Ritchhart

 

Leaves from Bird of Paradise by Gene Ritchhart

 

Brown Eyed Susans by Gene Ritchhart

 

Deception Pass Trail by Gene Ritchhart

 

Chimney Birdnest by Gene Ritchhart

 

Cranberry Lk. Whidbey Island by Gene Ritchhart

 

Cloud Sitting by Gene Ritchhart

 

Sculpture and Space Needle by Gene Ritchhart

 

Auxillary Schooner by Gene Ritchhart

 

Bag O Cat by Gene Ritchhart

 

PT-13 Stearman by Gene Ritchhart

 

Lavendar Pink Tulip by Gene Ritchhart

 

AT-6 Texan by Gene Ritchhart

 

My Pal Jade by Gene Ritchhart

 

Moritz And Richthofen by Gene Ritchhart

 

B-24 Lead Assembly Ship by Gene Ritchhart

 

Snoqualmie Falls by Gene Ritchhart

 

Sun Flower by Gene Ritchhart

 

Lassie A Biography by Gene Ritchhart

 

Space Needle Night by Gene Ritchhart

 

Seattle Sunset by Gene Ritchhart

 

Wasp Hive by Gene Ritchhart

 

Crash of the Radio Flyer by Gene Ritchhart

 

Memories of Ocean Shores by Gene Ritchhart

 

Coleman Pinnacle by Gene Ritchhart