Richard Greathouse and the New York-Area Branch of the F.A.A. Profiled on Newington-Cropsey Cultural Studies Center’s Website

The newly-opened U.S. branch of the distinguished Florence Academy of Art and gallery artist Richard Greathouse, one of its three lead instructors, were recently profiled in an in-depth article on the Newington-Cropsey Cultural Studies Center’s website. Each instructor— Greathouse, Amaya Gurpide, and Academic Director Jordan Sokol— shares their inspirations, aspirations, and the challenges they face in their own studios at the multi-discipline Jersey City, NJ school.

Before becoming one oft instructors at the new branch, Richard, a Nashville native and a graduate of the Florence Academy’s original school in Italy in 2011, was the Principal Instructor of Painting and Écorché at F.A.A. in Florence from 2010 to 2014. Now at the beginning of the second season of the F.A.A. in the U.S., Richard is finally settling into his dual teaching roles as both a Principal Instructor of Drawing and Painting and the Director of Anatomy while continuing to work on his own original paintings. At 28 years old, Richard is also at a critical point in his career, transitioning from an student mentality to that of a professional artist working to create meaningful and engaging work that appeals to others. For now that means continuing to develop certain skills and challenging his technical abilities.

He’ll create some of these works in his studio at F.A.A. which is filled with reference books, mediums, various artworks, and a new addition— animal skeletons. As the school’s Director of Anatomy, Richard has an obvious interest in bone structure of humans but he’s recently become interested in studying the anatomy of other types of animals. His collection of bones and skulls— from raccoons to foxes, coyotes and more— are on display throughout the studio. He uses them to explore nature’s design and creative shapes, adding “it’s a relic of something that was alive and walking around the earth in the not-so-distant past, it had a purpose. I find that really interesting to explore through art.”

To read the full interview with each of the instructors of the Florence Academy in the U.S., please click here.