Artist Richard G. Fish, 83, formerly of Havertown, died of kidney failure last Sunday at the Quadrangle, a retirement community in Haverford.
Mr. Fish maintained a graphic-design studio in Ardmore for more than 50 years and exhibited his paintings at area galleries including Center City's Kenmore Galleries and Gross McCleaf Gallery.
He worked in many media, including pen and ink, watercolors, and casein (milk-based) paint. Mr. Fish also painted with egg tempera, and developed an acrylic emulsion substitute that produced the same effect as the egg, his daughter Aimee Miller said. He made etchings and wood and linoleum block prints, and was a frequent exhibitor at the Print Club in Philadelphia.
His daughter said his paintings were compared to Andrew Wyeth's. Both artists were known for meticulous realism and close-up views of weathered rural buildings, doorways, summery fields, and skies saturated with pale sunshine.
Mr. Fish enjoyed painting on Cape Cod, in the Southwest and in Scotland. In 1991 and 1992, he was artist in residence at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado.
The U.S. Park Service also commissioned him to create drawings for Independence and Valley Forge National Historical Parks and Cape Cod National Seashore. His paintings sometimes accompanied travel articles by his wife, Frances Rittenberg Fish. He completed more than 600 paintings after 1965, many of them owned by collectors, his daughter said.
Mr. Fish's illustrations appeared in corporate publications for Volkswagen, Subaru, RCA, and Tiffany of New York, and in newspapers and magazines including the Atlantic Monthly and Reader's Digest.
He continued painting, sketching and traveling until two years ago, his daughter said.
Mr. Fish graduated from Central High School in Philadelphia. During World War II, he served in the Army in the States.
After his discharge, he studied at the Philadelphia Museum School of Art, now the University of the Arts, and earned a bachelor's degree in fine arts from the University of Pennsylvania.
In addition to his wife of 59 years and daughter, Mr. Fish is survived by a son, David; another daughter, Suzanne Scholz; a sister; and five grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held this summer.
Memorial donations may be made to Kosher Meals on Wheels, Adath Israel, 250 N. Highland Ave., Merion Station, Pa. 19066.