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Lush, Intricate Landscapes by Charles and Lavetta Rhinehart

A painting by Charles RhinehartWho Was Here First, oil on board (Charles Rhinehart)

Missouri-based artists Charles Rhinehart and Lavetta Rhinehart hold studio practices that are inextricably linked. The pair are primarily painters, creating lush, intricate landscapes that echo the other’s style.


A painting of a figure in an abstracted sceneNocturnal Angels


I’m quite impressed by Charles’ fantasy scenes, painted in oil on board. These imagery is something like what you’d see on a vintage movie poster, with figures that overlap, become translucent and blend into deep backgrounds. Figures both human and animal appear in these works, each imbued with a terrific sense of personality. The overlapping forms also make me think of Josef-Peter Roemer’s paintings.


A screen capture of Charles and Lavetta Rhinehart's art websiteThe front page of Charles and Lavetta's art website

Lavetta and Charles’ landscape paintings have a lot in common. Both artists seem to have a particular affinity for trees. Each painting depicts the landscape from an angle that places the viewer directly in the scenery, where the lush, dark foliage sinks into a deeper background.  


A painting of a lush valley in fading lightChappy Valley, oil on board

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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