My name is Richie Gudzan. I am a Southern creator and conservationist, born and raised in the woods, creeks and coastlines of Georgia, South Carolina, and now Alabama. Water holds a particular magnetism for me, and my experiences fishing, surfing, and paddling shape the soul of my artwork. I use big brushes, striking composition and stark contrast to evoke power, subtlety, and flow in my paintings.
Fish are some of my favorite subjects, and my recent work is rooted in an old Japanese printmaking technique called Gyotaku (ghee-oh-TAH-koo). I use the actual fish I catch to make art, covering them with non-toxic pigment and gently laying handmade natural-fiber paper on top to reveal a mirror image imprint. Once the prints are dry, I compose and mount the fragile paper to a wood panel, and finish the painting in thin glazes of vibrant color. My fish are cleaned and eaten after the initial prints are created - never wasted. Water is life to me, and my art is about story, connection, respect and gratitude.
I am not however, much of a tech guy, and not much of a blogger either. I’d rather be doing something, taking action, than talking about it, but I promise I’ll do my best to keep this page updated. New posts are at the bottom (scroll down!), but the best way to see what’s new with my art or with Paddle Out brand is always gonna be to track me down at one of my art shows / exhibits, or surf industry trade shows. Still, check back here often, and feel free to shoot me a note anytime at email@example.com.