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June 12, 2017

Wooden Wonder

Atlanta’s Richard Webb has had a longtime interest in cars. He has collected cars (374 over his lifetime). He also raced cars. When he retired, Webb was driven to paint them.

The artist: Richard Webb studied graphic arts at Pratt Institute (NY) and graduated from Florida State University, where he studied advertising design and painting. After graduating, Webb had a long career in advertising, specifically in developing brand concepts. After he retired in 2003, he resumed painting as a hobby, now his second career.

Known for: His colorful, large-scale automobile paintings ($500 to $5,000, plus), which often feature the side or front end (or grill) or a car.

What’s popular: Commissions. When it comes to cars, people tend to want a specific car, either their own or one that invokes a special memory.

Other favorites: Painting on non-traditional surfaces, such as classic Woodies on surfboards and vintage Land Rovers on barn wood.

Fun (or unusual) request: Often asked to use part of a car in painting, such as door handles and hood ornaments.

Claim to fame: Earlier this year, Webb was asked by Porsche Financial Services to create an original painting for its annual “Fusion” event, where top producing dealerships are honored. Each honoree received a framed, limited-edition print of the original painting, which hangs in the Porsche corporate offices in Atlanta.

Claim to fame 2: So far, he has completed nine paintings for Thomas Trissl (, one of the largest Porsche enthusiasts and collectors (also an art collector) in the Southeast. It’s has been fun to be around his collection of current and vintage automobiles and be able to paint hem, said Webb.

Where to buy: or by appointment at his Atlanta studio at Also in Atlanta, at the Piedmont Park Arts Festival (Aug. 19-20).

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