Richard Mayhew (04/03/1934- ) was born in Amityville, New York. He paints landscapes that are derived from nature and our relationship with it. He is known for his surprising and evocative color combinations. The artist states: "I paint the essence of nature, always seeking the unique spiritual mood of the landscape." He traveled widely throughout Europe and Central America studying various art forms. A retrospective of his work was held in 1978 at the Studio Museum of Harlem. His work has been featured in a vast number of solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries around the country, including the High Museum, the San Jose Museum of Art, Washington Gallery, Morgan State University, the Butler Institute of American Art, and the New York Cultural Center. Mayhew has received several awards: a John Hay Whitney Fellowship in 1958, an L.C. Tiffany Grant in 1963, the Henry Ward Ranger Purchase Award in 1964, a Merit Award from the National Academy of Design, and a Grumbacher Art Award and Gold Medal in 1983. Samples of his work may be viewed in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Central Trust Bank, Tougalio College, and the Asheville Art Museum. Mayhew continues to be a public and community activist, and has aided in the founding of many non-profit organizations in the arts, including the Creative Center of the Arts and Sciences in San Francisco, 1978.