Richard Tette is a California landscape painter who works in oil. His paintings feature the golden, oak-studded hills of the central coast, Carmel Valley, Salinas Valley, and the Central Valley. His pastoral landscapes often portray tranquil bodies of water and the weathered, white-washed barns so eloquently described by John Steinbeck. Composed with a gentle ease that mirrors the graceful, rolling terrain, Tette’s quiet Californian countrysides embody nature’s optimism.
Tette works by applying an underpainting. He lets it dry, steps away, comes back, and works his magic with the final brushwork. The landscape then comes alive and the viewer is tempted to curl up and take a sentimental nap on one of his warm, sunny California hills.
A San Francisco Bay Area native, Tette received his art education at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, majoring in advertising and illustration. His early career was as an illustrator in the aerospace industry. During this time, he also began painting and exhibited his work both in regional and national competitions. In 1972, he was selected as a finalist by the American Federation of Arts for the Benedictine Art Awards Show in New York.
The recipient of numerous awards, Tette has exhibited in the annual Society of Western Artists Show at the De Young Museum in San Francisco, Watercolor USA in Springfield, Missouri, and many other juried shows. His work has also been shown at several universities. Tette lives in Carmel Valley.