Kossuth Rd., Bolivar, NY 



Richard Monroe, born in Wellsville, graduated from Bolivar Central School in 1946.  After serving in Japan in the 800th Military Police Battalion, he enrolled in R.I.T. School of Design, and graduated in 1952.  Following a short career as a painting contractor, Monroe joined the Olean Tile Plant as the Architectural Designer, working with architects and mosaicists to design and install tile murals all over the world, from New York City to California, to Egypt, Kuwait Iraq, and the Panama Canal.  He also obtained several design patents for assembling ceramic mosaic tiles.

Since retiring from the American Olean Tile Company, Monroe has remained acive in several community service organizations, holding leadership positions in several of them.  He has also spent a great deal of time on his hobbies—fishing, gardening, golfing, and walking through the local woods and streams in his hip boots.

It is these hobbies and service organizations that give Monroe much of the inspiration for art.  He has painted portraits of at least twenty-eight local servicemen who were killed or died while on active duty in the armed forces of our country.  These portraits remind us that freedom has never been free.  Working from photographs supplied by family members, or from high school yearbook photos, Monroe renders poignant portraits, which as a group, are mounted on the American Legion Memorial Wall in Bolivar, New York.

In addition to his amazing portraiture, Monroe, using pastels, oils, and mixed media, has painted stunning scenes from around the county he loves.  Working from hundreds of photographs he takes as he hikes through the region, he depicts Allegany County in all its splendor in each of the four seasons.

Richard Monroe is currently a member of the Wellsville Art Association, and has exhibited dozens of portraits and landscapes in group and one-man shoes in the David A. Howe Library in Wellsville, the Fountain Arts Center in Belmont, and the Bolivar Golf Club.  As an award-winning artist, Monroe is sought after as an art instructor, an exhibitor in other local venues, and for private commissions.  His next work will be the portrait of the Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient, Jason Dunham.  This portrait will be permanently displayed on the U.S. Naval Vessel, The Jason A. Dunham, being commissioned this year on the birthday of the U. S. Marine Corps in early June.