Artist Info

Artist Statement

Explore, dream, create, inspire. As an artist and instructor, I look for inspiration through the exploration of the world around me. I am an avid traveler, photographer, and painter. I enjoy spending hours behind the lens in hopes of capturing one or two images that might reveal themselves as opportunities for a new painting. My painting style ranges between impressionistic and photorealism, and is greatly influenced by the subject matter and the intended mood. Each painting has a story and each one is a reflection of who I am as a person and an artist.


Rich Tesner is a graphic designer/artist, with over 30 years of professional experience. He worked at advertising agencies in Lansing and Southfield, Michigan where he developed his skills as a graphic designer, desktop publisher, and commercial artist. Rich also worked as an instructor at a local college in mid-Michigan, where he taught desktop publishing, graphic design, color theory, and illustration.

Rich started painting in 2010 at the Flint Institute of Arts, working under the direction of several notable instructors. Over the last several years, his paintings have been displayed in numerous galleries and art exhibitions, including the Salmagundi Club in New York, the Flint Institute of Arts, the Shiawassee Arts Center, ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, Saginaw Township’s “Art in Public Places”, Colors of Humanity Art Gallery, and the NOAPS International Online Art Exhibition. He is an associate member of the NOAPS. Rich is currently an instructor at the Flint Institute of Arts.


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


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

Exhibitions and Recognitions

2019 65th Annual National Juried Exhibition of the National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylics, “The Lookout” Salmagundi Club, New York, NY
2019 Solo Exhibition, One Trick Pony Grill & Taproom, Grand Rapids, MI
2019 Flint Institute of Arts–Art School Faculty Exhibit, Flint, MI
2019 Shiawassee Arts Center Water Ways Exhibit, Owosso, MI
2018 Holiday at the Center, “A Grand Arrival” Shiawassee Art Center
2018 Colors of Humanity Art Gallery Animals 2018 Show, “The Lookout” (2nd Place)
2018 Juror for Livingston Fine Art Association’s “Colors of Life” Art Show, Howell, MI
2018 Shiawassee Art Center, Three Artist Exhibition, Owosso, MI
2018 21st Annual Member Artists’ Show, “Poolside Sunset” Shiawassee Art Center
2018 Saginaw Township Art in Public Places, “Aloha Honu” Saginaw, MI
2018 Recipient of Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs Professional Development Grant
2018 Saginaw Township, 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” & “Bluebird on a Branch” Shiawassee Art Center
2017 Saginaw Township Art in Public Places, “Maalaea Ulua” & “Ehl for Love” Saginaw, MI (Merit Award)
2016 Saginaw Township Art in Public Places, “Oba Lake” & “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