Richard H. Wagner grew up with art. His mother was a professional artist and his father was an amateur artist. Further artistic training has included classes at the Art Students League, the Metropolitan Museum and the National Gallery in London. Examples of his work are included in private collections and in the Law Library at Pace University.
Like his parents, Mr. Wagner tends toward realism. However, it is not hyper-realism but rather reality tempered by emotion. Consequently, there is an element of abstraction.
Many of his works focus on people either in portraits or figures. The objective is to express the energy of the person depicted and to communicate the emotional atmosphere of a moment in time.
Mr. Wagner has degrees from Cornell University, Iona College and Pace University. He has also studied at Cambridge University in England. In addition to his art work, Mr. Wagner is a travel writer and an attorney.