Painting in pastels and oils, the focus of Mallory Rich's work is the landscape of rural Vermont, eastern New York, and coastal Maine and North Carolina. Rich has studied pastel and oil painting with Albert Handell, Stuart Shils (at the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Art), and Virginia McNeice. She has been the recipient of four Artist Residencies at the international Vermont Studio Center, and an Artist Development Grant from the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. She was also awarded an art residency on Great Spruce Head Island, Maine, at the former home of Fairfield Porter.
Among her numerous solo exhibitions and two-person shows with her artist husband, Harry A. Rich, she has been the featured artist at the Southern Vermont Arts Center (Manchester, Vermont), The Canfield Gallery (Arlington, Vermont), The Small Gallery (Cambridge, New York) and JJ Hapgood (Peru, Vermont) where she recently gave an artist talk.
In addition, Rich has taken part in numerous group and invitational exhibitions in galleries in Vermont, Maine, upstate New York and Massachusetts. Most recently, in May 2016, Rich was the artist in a joint show in Arlington, Vermont, with photographer Martha Folsom that celebrated their month-long journey around Nova Scotia.
She has been featured in Equinox magazine, was a finalist in American Artist magazine's 30th Annual National Competition, and was juried into several national and regional exhibitions. Her work is in many corporate and private collections. A resident of Sandgate, Vermont, Rich is represented by 3 Pears Gallery in Dorset, Vermont, and McCartee's Barn in Salem, New York.
I try to paint the small, everyday moments in the landscape which pass not quite unnoticed in our busy day . . . the gray barn sitting still in the early morning fog . . . the way the sunlight moves over a swath of field. I try to catch some of those elusive moments for myself and viewers of my work. I often use pastels because they are a little magical – as though mood was hand rolled in with the pigment.