Santa Fe artist Richard Tashjian has been a nature lover since his early childhood.
His initial artistic memories are of drawing on the back of his sister’s notebooks from school. Tashjian, a native of Massachusetts, and a second generation Armenian American, eventually settled in Santa Fe in 2001, after being drawn by New Mexico’s scenery, during his travels.
Now, at age 87, Tashjian has been painting for more than 75 years, and several of his paintings are of the red cliffs and skies of the Southwest.
Tashjian’s experiences come from a rich and diverse background. He began his career in the Navy, during World War II, as an aerial photographer.