Museum of the Southwest

Midland, TX



Herb Rather: Watercolor

November 9 - December 31, 2000


The final artist of the series for 2000 Six X Six: Six Artists/Six Media is Lampasas, Texas, artist Herb Rather, a nationally known watercolorist. Holding two degrees from Rice University in architecture, Rather found his interest in art in the mid-1970s while enrolled in a watercolor class in Houston. (left: Brenham Beauty, 1997)

Rather has used fragments from his travels in his paintings ever since; many in this exhibition will be scenes from France. As the owner of a working ranch in Central Texas, Rather finds a vast array of subject matter at his own back door, and Victorian Era houses and historical buildings are favorite subjects. Architecture plays an important part in these watercolors as subject matter, and Rather has said, "I paint primarily for the great enjoyment the pursuit provides, for the technical challenges the process presents, and for the love of the subjects I choose to paint."

Rather appreciates the past and much of his work is concerned with relies that are either preserved or bits and pieces that remain of a time when craftsmanship and fine details were the norm. "The heritage of the past disappears almost without our being aware of our loss. I try to preserve some of these vanishing treasures, as well as the endless variety of nature." (left: Stairway to Yesterday, 1988)

Rather has been elected a signature member of the American Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society. His work is in many private and corporate collections including Methodist Hospital, Houston; Texas Commerce Bank, Dallas, Houston, and Austin; United States Automobile Association; U.S. Sen. Phil Gramm; Marathon Oil and the Hamman Foundation; among others. His work has appeared in numerous periodicals and book publications. Rather is associated with the Jack Meier Gallery, Houston; Newman Galleries, Philadelphia; and Metropolitan Gallery, Austin to name a few. (right: Finery, 1997)

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