The Artist: Rhiannon Richardson |

The Artist: Rhiannon Richardson

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What do you do here at the Neighborhood Center of the Arts? Paint and draw.

Can you tell me about your paintings? Oh my God! A picture of a sunset sold.

What else do you paint? I paint whales. I paint Star Wars, people, sunsets and abstracts.

Why do you paint? I don’t know. Paint whales. They’re pretty good.

What do you hope to achieve with your painting? Draw. Money. Paycheck! Buy Diet Pepsi!

What do you want viewers to know about your paintings? I sell paintings! I get paychecks!

How did you learn to paint? Paint whales, watercolors through the center classes.

What do you like about painting? It’s beautiful.

Do you spend a lot of time painting? Yes, a lot of time painting every day during the week.

Is it hard work to paint? Yup.

Are you good at painting? Yup.

Is there anything else you want to say about your paintings? Uh huh. Beautiful.


Rhiannon Richardson, 21, is one of 50 client-artists at Neighborhood Center of the Arts. Christina McMaster, one of Richardson’s teachers there, said Richardson isn’t interested in the money she earns from the sale of her paintings. She values the actual paper paycheck and sometimes gets upset when the bank takes it. But Richardson is learning that the bank turns her paycheck into money she can spend on soda and baseball cards. She is happy when she understands the concept, center staff said.

Since 1984, Neighborhood Center of the Arts has served Nevada County’s adults with developmental disabilities. The center allows client-artists to express themselves creatively, make friends, learn new art and living skills, gain a sense of accomplishment and earn income through the sale of their artwork, said Sandia Borden, a center staff member.

Neighborhood Center of the Arts is across from Sierra College at 200 Litton Drive, Suite 212 in Grass Valley. Clients’ works are displayed at the Neighborhood Center of the Arts gallery. Viewing hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Call 272-7287 for more information.


To suggest a western Nevada County resident/volunteer/artist to be spotlighted in this feature, contact Carol Feineman at or 477-4232.

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