Richard Sneary, a graduate of the University of Kansas, started his career as a painter in 2011 after 40 years working as an architect, architectural illustrator, and educator. During the early part of his artistic career, Sneary worked primarily en plein air with a preference for painting subjects that reflect mankind’s presence in our environment – buildings, bridges, industrial structures, fences, telephone poles, people – and the natural landscape.
Sneary is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society and Missouri Watercolor Society, and a President Emeritus of The American Society of Architectural Illustrators. Recent awards include Best Architectural Award at En Plein Air Texas 2014; Dick Blick Art Materials Award of Excellence at OPS Plein Air Southwest Salon 2014; Honorable Mention at Wayne Art Center Plein Air Festival 2015 & 2013; Honorable Mention & 1st Place in Fast & Fresh at Plein Air Richmond 2014 & 2013 respectively;1st and 3rd Place in watercolor & Best of Show and 1st Place at Stems Plein Air Paint 2014, 2013, & 2011; Best of Show & Second Place at the Missouri Valley Impressionist Society Inaugural Juried Exhibition 2012 & 2014 respectively.
Sneary is currently represented by Strecker-Nelson Gallery in Manhattan, Kansas.