Richard Eyster almost certainly had crayons placed in his hands a little too insistently....and persistently. His parents were both professional artists, as was his maternal grandfather. He lived in Ohio. His mother entered his work in contests and finished a portrait he had been working on. No doubt done with the best of intentions, it was the wrong thing to have done. Then 12 years old, he wanted very little more do with the world of art.
Jump ahead more than three decades. Eyster is married and the father of three daughters, living in Brooklyn -- and trying to work his way through a painful time in his personal life. He begins working with an elderly psychoanalyst, two and then three times a week.
In the process, he begins to understand the liberating power of unsettling confrontations. And he begins to discover that now, he can come back to his art -- and to make it his own. His chosen medium is dry-brush watercolor. Working with a minimum of water, the pigment dries quickly and deeply on heavy archival French paper, allowing layers of light and hue to emerge through the image.
For a long time, he paints on the side, still working full-time in schools. But his art is quietly being recognized. His work is shown in the National Arts Club (NY), the American Watercolor Society at the Salmagundi Club (NY), and National Academy of Design (NY). He has solo gallery shows in New York, in Vermont, and then in Massachusetts.
Now living along the ocean on Boston’s North Shore, in 2015 he finally leaves his education career behind. He founds Uneasy Truce Studio and devotes his energy and imagination full-time to the pursuit of his art.