Artist Info

Artist Statement

As an artist, I paint images that stimulate my curiosity about the world around me. I am constantly looking for different ways to perceive nature, which ultimately affects my ability to translate it into a work of art. I enjoy painting en plein air (outside), but I prefer the solace of working in my studio where I am not affected by the weather, the changing light, or the occasional stray dog.

I enjoy working in either oil or acrylic paint. My painting technique tends to fall somewhere between impressionism and photorealism. I use brush strokes that are intended to create texture and movement, when viewed up close, but when viewed at a distance, the strokes blend together to create a smooth transition from one color to another.

To put it simply…I like my paintings to look “painterly.”


In 1986, Rich Tesner started his creative career as a graphic designer, working at various advertising agencies throughout mid-Michigan. In 1997, Rich was invited to become a graphic communications instructor at Baker College, where he taught drawing, color theory, principles of design, and desktop publishing.

In 2010, Rich expanded his creative skills by pursuing art classes at the Flint Institute of Arts in Flint, Michigan. Over the last several years, Rich has worked with numerous local and national artists to develop his skills as an acrylic and oil painter. His artwork has been displayed at the Flint Institute of Arts, the Shiawassee Arts Center, and at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids. His paintings have also received several recognitions, including merit awards at the Saginaw Township’s Art in Public Places and at the Shiawassee Arts Center Annual Member’s Show. Recently, Rich’s painting “Wailea Honu” was selected to be in the National Oil & Acrylic Painter’s Society (NOAPS) Online International Fall 2017 Exhibit.

Today, Rich is an avid artist, continuing his studies at the FIA and working from his home in Flushing, specializing in both oil and acrylic paints.


Bachelor of Graphic Communications, Baker College of Flint
Master of Public Administration, University of Michigan–Flint
Flint Institute of Arts, Art School


American Impressionist Society, Associate Member
Flint Institute of Arts
National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society, Associate Member
Oil Painters of America, Associate Member
Shiawassee Arts Center

Exhibitions and Recognitions

2018 Recipient of Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs Professional Development Grant
2018 Saginaw Township Art in Public Places, One Artist Show (February 2018)
2017 NOAPS Fall International Online Exhibition, “Wailea Honu”
2017 ArtPrize, “Wailea Honu” at One Trick Pony, Grand Rapids, MI
2017 20th Annual Member Artists’ Show, “Old Wrecker” Shiawassee Art Center (Best Painting Award)
2017 Holiday at the Center, “Wailea Honu” and “Bluebird on a Branch” Shiawassee Art Center
2017 Saginaw Township Art in Public Places, “Maalaea Ulua” and “Ehl for Love” Saginaw, MI (Merit Award)
2016 Saginaw Township Art in Public Places, “Oba Lake” and “Catching Air” Saginaw, MI
2015 The Elbow Room Art Exhibition, Flushing, MI
2014 Glen Arbor Art Association Plein Air Art Exhibit, Glen Arbor, MI

“The Old Wrecker” featured on cover of FIA Art School Summer 2017 Catalog.


Flint Institute of Arts
Shiawassee Art Center