Richard Galusha Ret­ro­spec­tive: An Artist’s Jour­ney

Painter Richard Galusha is hon­ored with a ret­ro­spec­tive that looks back on his 35-year ca­reer paint­ing the West.

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Steam­boat Springs, CO

Now open at the Steam­boat Art Mu­seum in Steam­boat Springs, Colorado, is Richard Galusha Ret­ro­spec­tive: An Artist’s Jour­ney, a new ex­hi­bi­tion to cel­e­brate the 35-year ca­reer of West­ern painter Richard Galusha.

The painter, who has lived in the Steam­boat Springs area since 1986, is fea­tur­ing 70 works from all cor­ners of his long ca­reer in the ex­hi­bi­tion, which is his first ret­ro­spec­tive. The show will fo­cus on his path as an artist, which largely be­gan in Texas, where he lived on a ranch with a large fam­ily and many sib­lings.

“Be­ing in a large fam­ily, ev­ery­one had their niche and mine was art,” Galusha says, adding that he re­mem­bers art­work by Wayne Baize in his home grow­ing up. “I re­mem­ber hav­ing an art show in the fifth grade and all the other kids knew I liked to draw. I would even draw on the chalk­board. It all started early for me. And they didn’t have art classes in el­e­men­tary school back then. I had to do it on my own.”

After high school, Galusha joined the Navy and was later sta­tioned in Guam, where he would set up a makeshift stu­dio in the bar­racks and do small draw­ings for his sailor friends. It was in Guam that ev­ery­thing fi­nally came to­gether in his head. “I was walk­ing down a path on the is­land and it was night­time and I re­mem­ber sud­denly know­ing ex­actly what I needed to do,” he says. “When I got out I went to the Univer­sity of Colorado, got a de­gree in fine arts, went out on my own and have been do­ing pretty good ever since.”

While his art has steadily pro­gressed, early on he sup­ple­mented his artist’s in­come through teach­ing—“some­thing had to pay for the house pay­ment, car pay­ments, in­surance and art sup­plies,” he says—and he found it brought him im­mense joy as he in­structed stu­dents and helped them with their own work. As a tes­ta­ment to that pe­riod of his ca­reer, he will be show­ing sev­eral stu­dents’ works in the ret­ro­spec­tive of his own paint­ings.

In ad­di­tion to artist and teacher, Galusha has also had first­hand ex­pe­ri­ence with an­other as­pect of the art world—gallery owner. He and his wife own and op­er­ate the Wild­horse Gallery in Steam­boat Springs.

“I’ve seen the art world from all sides,” he says, adding that choos­ing art­work for the ex­hi­bi­tion was a dif­fi­cult and time-con­sum­ing process. “Hell, I did a lot of paint­ing. I still do a lot of paint­ing. When pick­ing the pieces for the show, some of them re­ally show a lot of growth, which is re­ward­ing to see. It’s fun to see all the places I’ve painted, in­clud­ing things right out of my door.”

Spring in Hans Peak Vil­lage, oil

Hay­bales in Sum­mer, oil, 32 x 38”

Choos­ing Horses, oil, 36 x 48”

Four Bears, oil

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