Rich Gombar is an American painter of his environment. Where once art needed nature to survive, we now need art to help nature survive. While not politically motivated, in a sense — because Rich paints nature, his work is a political statement. Rich paints to capture beauty, to hold forever a passing moment, to memorialize that which may be fleeting, or in the case of barns and industrial sites, falling. If his paintings, pastels and drawings help more people become aware of what may be potentially lost, can invoke a sense of wonder as in childhood, and can be emotionally moving and provoking, then a statement with a profound impact may be the result. It is a search for the truth without sentimentality. Rich Gombar’s work is of nature, but just as important, it is about painting, color, structure. The images are about Romanticism, transcendentalism and pure emotion. He tries to make the immense intimate.