Grace Richter


Grace Richter

I’ve been living in Berwyn all my life,  drawing and painting as long as I can remember.  After graduating from Tredyffrin-Easttown High School, I began working for the Pennsylvania Railroad in Philadelphia.. I got into data processing, then into the early days of computer programming   The railroad changed names, became Penn Central and then Conrail.

In the 60’s, when my four children were young, I took a few years off and attended the Philadelphia College of Art, now the University of the Arts, in the evenings, did some free-lance art work and began entering shows.  I also spent lots of time in South Jersey where we own a cabin.?

I returned to Conrail as a Computer Analyst in 1972.   By the time I retired in 1994,  I had more than 30 years with the Railroad and had also sold quite a few paintings from the walls of the cafeteria where I worked.

In the 80’s and 90’s, I helped restore a Delaware Bay oyster schooner, the A J Meerwald , to sail, then crewed on her for several years.  I’m still involved with this group, the Bayshore Center in Bivalve (Home of NJ’s Tall Ship). I’m also active CU, Citizens United to Protect the Maurice River. I often donate artwork to fundraising projects for these organizations.

Now, at this point in my life, I can spend more time traveling, gardening and painting.  My favorite painting subjects are coastal scenes in Maine, scenes from a once thriving oyster industry along the .Maurice River and Delaware Bay in New Jersey,  and  scenes from a recent trip to Alaska.

I’ve exhibited in many local shows and am currently  exhibiting on a regular basis with DVAL, the Delaware Valley Art League. We exhibit at the Penn Med facilities in Radnor and Valley Forge plus other local venues.  My paintings hang in many private collections.