An architect and renowned architectural illustrator, Richard Sneary has over the last three years also begun painting en plein air in watercolor. His background as an architect/illustrator of architecture often compels him to include something of the built environment, whether it's a town square, back yards, an alley, old derelict structure, marina, trains, bridges, an industrial structure, or fence posts on a farm. Like many artists, Richard is drawn to subjects by light and color, but also by the sense of place, its character, and the story he sees in it, and it is the juxtaposition of light, color, contrast, form, abstraction, and detail that make the stories work. Richard is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society and Missouri Watercolor Society, a member of the American Watercolor Society, and a member of Missouri Valley Impressionist Society. Recent awards include 1st Place in Fast & Fresh at Plein Air Richmond 2013, 1st Place in Quick Paint at Easels in Frederick 2013, 1st & 3rd Place in watercolor at 2013 Stems Plein Air Paint, Honorable Mention at Wayne Plein Air 2013, Best of Show at the 2012 Missouri Valley Impressionist Society Inaugural Juried Exhibition, 3rd Place Award at 2012 Plein Air Vermont, Best Architectural Award for the 2012 Plein Air Easton competition, and Best of Show in the 2011 Stems Plein Air Paint. His work is represented by Strecker-Nelson Gallery in Manhattan, Kansas.