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Portraits by Richard Whitney, PhD


Richard Whitney

Town and Country magazine has named Richard Whitney one of the top twelve portrait painters in America. He is internationally known for his realistic paintings and has been called “one of the best living artists of our generation”.  Whitney was recently honored by Sotheby’s of New York as a living master of the classical tradition.  He has won over 40 regional and national awards and three grants from the Greenshields’ Foundation of Montreal.  Whitney’s paintings hang in over 750 public and private collections throughout the United States and abroad.  They include the Anchorage Museum of Art and History, the Anderson House Museum, the Newark Museum, the Pentagon, Harvard University, and the Catholic University of Portugal.
Born in 1946, Whitney graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of New Hampshire in 1968.  He studied with Sidney F. Willis and with the eminent Boston painter, R. H. Ives Gammell for five years.  Memberships have included the Society of Illustrators, the National Arts Club, Allied Artists of America, the American Artists Professional League, the American Society of Classical Realism, the Guild of Boston Artists and the Copley Society (Copley Master). He is a board member of the American Renaissance of the Twenty-first Century and the Art Renewal Center, soon to be the world’s largest on line museum.  He is also an Emeritus member and past Chairman of the Advisory Board of the American Society of Portrait Artists Foundation, the largest portrait society in the world. In 2015, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the University of New Hampshire.
Whitney’s paintings have been seen on national cable television and have been the subject of numerous newspaper and magazine articles.  He was the cover artist for the April 1982 issue of American Artist and was featured again in April 2000.  Whitney is the author of Painting the Visual Impression and a co-author of the book Realism in Revolution: The Art of the Boston School.  His paintings have also been reproduced in the book Edmund C. Tarbell and the Boston School of Painting.  Whitney has traveled and painted in Europe, Japan, Alaska and the Caribbean and has lectured and conducted workshops throughout the United States.  He is listed in a dozen reference books including, Who’s Who in American Art, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in the 21st Century.


  • Robert Reich, Secretary of Labor under President Clinton

  • James Webb Jr., Secretary of the Navy under President Bush, the Pentagon

  • Lane Kirkland, President, AFL-CIO, Washington

  • Dr. J. William Littler, World Renowned Hand Surgeon

  • Cardinal Humberto Medeiros, Catholic University of Portugal

  • Tanio Nakamura, Curator of the Tokyo National Museum

  • Takezo Hirato, CEO, Mazda Corporation, Yokohama

  • asuyuki Nambu, CEO, Temporary Center, Tokyo

  • A.Sadeghi-.Nejad, Minister of Culture for Iran, Tehran

  • Frederick Hart Family Mural (8’x 13’), Vietnam Memorial Sculptor

  • Father McGivney, Founder, Knights of Columbus

  • US Senator Thomas J. McIntyre of New Hampshire

  • Governors of New Hampshire: John Sununu, John King, Hugh Gregg & Hugh Gallen

  • Kevin Harrington, Jr., Senate President of Massachusetts

  • Edward J. McCormack, Jr., Attorney General of Massachusetts

  • John Cunningham, Executive Vice President, Wang Corporation

  • John J. Shields, III, CEO, Prime Computer Corporation

  • Bruce Ferguson, Developer of the Pegasus Rocket

  • Alain Briottet, Consul General of France, Boston

  • Otto Eckstein, Economist, Harvard University

  • Rev. Malcolm J. Sutherland, Jr., University of Chicago

  • Ralph Manuel, Provost & W.Lee Pelton, Dean, Dartmouth College

  • Edwin J. Delattre, President, St. Johns College

  • Ruth Chauncey Bishop, Dean & Roberta Smith, New England Genealogical Society Benefactors

  • Drs. Edward & Roy Carlson, Mt. Ida College

  • John A. Caddell, CEO, Blount Construction Corporation, Montgomery

  • Attorney David Armstrong, Pittsburgh

  • Frank Sawyer, Benefactor, Suffolk University

  • Richard Unsworth, Headmaster, Berkshire School, Sheffield, MA

  • Mary Macdonald & Nick Thorndike, CEO, Massachusetts General Hospital

  • Robert Shafto, CEO, The New England

  • William McMillan, Headmaster, Pine Crest School, Fort Lauderdale

  • Andrew M. Carter, Financier, Boston

  • Jan Mitchell, Benefactor, Metropolitan Museum of Art

  • Dominic S. F. Lee, Benefactor, Anchorage Historical and Fine Arts Museum

  • Thomas Brush, Benefactor, & John Ratte, Headmaster, Loomis Chaffee School

  • Wilson Wilde, CEO, Hartford Steamboiler Inspection & Insurance Company

  • Philip Koerner, CEO, National Grange Mutual Corporation

  • Dr. Leo Redfern, President, Keene State College

  • Maxwell Belding, CEO, DaQui Belding Partners, Rocky Hill, CT

  • Stuart Watson, CEO, Heublin Corporation

  • Dr. James Glenn, CEO, Mt. Sinai Hospital, NYC

  • Dr. James Houck, CEO, Institute of Living, Hartford

  • Leonard Natman, Brooklyn Academy of Music, NYC

  • Leo Kraszeski, CEO, Sailors Snug Harbor, Sea Level, NC

  • Rev. Paul Karnes, President, Unitarian Universalist Association of America

  • Gifford Foley, Benefactor, The Kent School

  • Thomas Carter Family Portrait, Houston

  • John Curry & Kenneth Ryder, Northeastern University Presidents Emeritus

  • Mitt Romney, former Governor of Massachusetts