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Edmund Price at Riverfront Gallery, Petaluma


Edmund Price: The Consummate Artist at Riverfront Gallery, Petaluma

By Sharon Feissel   

Due to his variety of artistic expression, breadth of skill, and number of media he commands, Edmund Price has been called the consummate artist.  Edmund tells us, “When I start a new piece, the medium used is determined by the subject and how I visualize the final piece.   Graphite, color pencil, pastels, sculpture, or paint are all mediums I consider.  The bulk of my latest paintings are acrylic due to its versatility.  With it you can create watercolor type washes, as well as heavy opaque effects found in oil. 


“The natural world provides most of the inspiration for my paintings and sculptures.  The vibrant color of flowers, the patterns and shapes of fur and feathers challenge me to capture them either two dimensionally or three dimensionally.  Swim Lesson with mother duck and baby is a good example of both pattern and featheriness; using pastel pencils on velour paper gives a very soft feel to feathers.  Not only texture but color also can be a challenge.  The vibrant red of the bouquet of tulips I used for Radiance simply insisted that I get the intensity right.

“At times I get lost in a painting.  The outside world seems to fade away as I try to capture the essence, mood, or emotion that an animal is displaying.  Lowland Gorilla is a great example.  I wanted to capture the protective and watchful look of the mother, as well as the open curiosity of the baby looking out from her arms, seemingly looking at the viewer. 

The Year of the Horse was painted from a photo I took while traveling through northern Africa.  Stopped at an outdoor bizarre, I walked around and saw this amazing, decorated horse.  It just said, ‘paint me.’  The painting continues to be a personal favorite.”

Edmund Price-Year Of The Horse

Clearly, Edmund excels in works on paper and canvas, but he is equally skilled in detailed resin sculpture.  He explains, “My sculptures start out as wax models, though some are from water clay.  It is the final look that dictates which medium is used.  It is interesting how interconnected different mediums are.  I use wooden ceramic tools to carve and shape the wax.  There is something about the synergy of the wood and wax that works really well together. 

Edmind Price, Cowgirl-Cowboy“Small sculptures with a great deal of fine detail, like Cowboy and Cowgirl, are best with hard wax so that once you sculpt something it stays there and holds its shape.  A rubber mold is made, due to its flexibility and ability to capture the smallest detail.  The mold is filled with liquid resin and left to set.  Finally, the surface is smoothed, painted, and possibly decorated.  Cowgirl has 25 rhinestones in the belt.  My larger sculpture, Contemplation, was done with the “lost wax” process, used since ancient times for bronze casting.”

Edmund shows his exceptional paintings and three-dimensional works at

Riverfront Art Gallery,
132 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, CA 94952