Living on the East End of Long Island, I am blessed with the ability to wander the streets of the North and South Forks through an abundance of artists’ galleries. From abstract art, to oil paintings, to sculpture and watercolors, the East End has it all.
I’m very particular when it comes to buying artwork, mostly, because art is an investment. I look for a particular design and aesthetic when shopping for art, most of the time favoring classic painting techniques over modern or abstract art.
When buying for the home, I search for pieces that are rich in color and make a statement on the wall on which they are hung. I also like to feel drawn into a painting, and feel like the place it’s showing is familiar, or like I can picture myself being there.
Of all the galleries on the East End of Long Island that I have frequented, my favorite by far is the Richard Fiedler Gallery in Greenport, NY. Richard is the son of a commercial fisherman. After financing his college education by fishing and lobstering in Greenport, he graduated with a degree in art and design from the New York Institute of Technology. His long career as an artist has earned him notoriety on the East End and beyond
Richard’s paintings evoke nostalgia of life on the beach and at sea. I am inspired every time I walk into his gallery and see a new painting on display. His style is classical, historical, and highlights life on the East End. Richard’s paintings are the perfect accent not just for the coastal home, but for any style of decor. His subjects include landscapes, ships, wildlife, and more; there is certainly a piece for everyone.
If buying an original is not in your budget, an affordable alternative is buying one of Richard’s signed and numbered prints, which are sold either framed or unframed. I tend to be partial to his framed pieces, many of which are made of recycled, weathered, barn wood.
I’ve bought several of Richard’s signed and numbered prints over the years, however my two favorites were acquired last summer. The first is of a bushel of steamers, the second, of a bushel of blue claw crabs. I bought both framed in barn wood, and am so happy with their addition to my home and art collection.
Last year I bought two prints that I have hung in my home that I just love. The first is of a bushel of clams and the second print is of a bushel of blue claw crabs. Both are framed in weathered barn wood that are perfect in any decor.
If you’re ever in the area, I highly recommend taking a stroll through Greenport to see some of Richard’s work. Here are a few of his prints taken from his website: