“Hard work and long hours will take you where you want to be…don’t quit!”
Crown Point Graphics was introduced to Pat Richter in 2007. One thing led to another and we licensed our first 14 pieces. Pat’s art immediately resonated with our customers. This was not a surprise because her art has a way of making you feel like part of the scene she’s painted. Several years later we visited her studio and licensed another 36 pieces.
Pat’s snowmen, religious and winter scenes continue to be popular with our customers. Her art lends itself to extending her brand into many Crown Point Graphics products in the Christmas category.
We are very fortunate to work with Pat and her husband Dave. In fact, their daughter Kristin is a freelance designer for us, creating many beautiful products. They are such a great team and part of the Crown Point Family!
Interview with Pat Richter
What made you want to become an artist?
I have always loved all types of art - and wanted to create.
How would you describe your art to someone who is unfamiliar with it?
I paint things that are familiar and comfortable, be it still life or landscape.
What has been the biggest influence on your design work?
I have painted forever, but when I was thirty-five I took classes at the local college. It was life changing.
What is your personal motto?
Be open to learning from everyone and everything.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned since becoming an artist?
Hard work and long hours will take you to where you want to be...don't quit!
What inspires you? Where do you get inspiration for new concepts?
Inspiration can come from where you are, who you're with, the color of the sky.... life is inspirational.
What are your plans for the future?
My future holds more painting, metal-smithing, cut glass work, volunteering, traveling, and doing things with my family. We motorcycle and spend our winters in Arizona.
What is your favorite work of art (done by you)?
A lot of my recent work is very large, and consists of flowers and skyscapes.... so I enjoy each new piece, and call it "favorite" until the next one is completed.
What is your creative workspace like?
My creative workspace is in my home, it is not large, but has windows and a sky light, and contains art of all types, shapes and colors...they surround me.
What is your creative process like?
My creative process is to hit the studio each day, work on several canvases at a time, then one day they are all completed!
If you could spend a day with one artist, living or dead, who would it be and what would you do?
I would have liked to spend the day with Steve Hanks, in hopes of watching him create a beautiful watercolor painting...his women are fabulous!
What statement do you hope to make with your art?
Enjoy your life and what’s around you.
What stands out to you as one of your favorite professional highlights so far?
I am continually amazed that people enjoy my work!
What is your favorite part of your job as an artist?
I love being able to paint what I want, and people accept it!
What do you feel makes your designs unique?
I don't know if my designs are unique, but high detail is always evident, and a signature of my work.
What is the most challenging part of your job?
Challenging? Not challenging...always fun!