About painting, Brimer says, “I have always loved being at the edge of the ocean. I love creating images along this liminal threshold between the seen and unseen world. It can be a spiritual metaphor. It is where I meditate in solitude. I go to the California shoreline as often as possible. Painting allows me to have time alone in the power of nature and to gaze at its beauty. I paint quickly outdoors in order to catch the impression of what I am experiencing, immediately finding its way to the canvas. However, studio work allows longer periods to ponder new ideas and work out some bigger themes and develop satisfying brushwork.”

Born in Long Beach, CA in 1962, Rich Brimer has his roots well planted in the west. Hunting with his father and going on family camping trips, Brimer gained appreciation and respect for the outdoors. He is an artist who loves using oils both in the studio as well as painting outdoors. Rich feels strongly about creating artwork that not only shows the beauty of creation, but also artwork that stirs the spirit. He is a dedicated, passionate artist who has found out that takes hard work to make a difference, but it is well worth the effort.

Rich has been the director of Carmel Visual Arts since 2013. His art studio is located in Springfield, KY at The Art Distillery where he is also the Director. In 2019. Rich opened a Bed & Breakfast called Wildflower Ranch Inn, in Springfield, KY with his partner Carol Henry. The California Lutheran University graduate (B.A. Fine Art) is Past President of the Arts Council of the Conejo Valley where he was on the board for 4 years as well as Past President of Studio Channel Islands Art Center in Camarillo, CA. Rich is the Co-Chair of the Monterey County chapter of the California Art Club.

Some favorite quotes…

He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist. ~Saint Francis of Assisi

I would love to live like a river flows
Carried by the surprise of its own unfolding ~John O’Donohue


I prefer

Beauty over glamor… Silence over television… Solitude over Disneyland… The ocean over the desert… Red over white… Inviting over excluding… Passion over status quo… Revelation over knowledge… Being over believing.