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George Riney

George Riney

Chicago, IL

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About the Artist…..George E. Riney
(georgeddie)

Born and raised in Southern Illinois, George’s artistic talents were recognized at an early age. He became a student of art and continued his education at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan. While there, George became intrigued with furniture design. He graduated with a degree in interior design in 1968 and was promptly drafted for Vietnam.

While in Vietnam, George painted names and cartoon characters on 105 Howitzers, giving each one its own personality. After returning to the states from Vietnam, George started painting more seriously using acrylics as his medium.

After Vietnam, George entered the furniture business. Realizing that most people could not envision a completed room, George drew upon his artistic talents and would draw interior renderings for clients. He did this as a salesman for Kroehler Furniture; as a designer and manufacturer of furniture for his own company; and ultimately at his retail furniture store in Hinsdale, Illinois. George attributes much of his success to helping the clients visualize a completed room before they ever bought.

With encouragement from his clients, George started drawing not only interiors of homes but the exteriors as well. He provided them with landscaping renderings, which allowed the customer to visualize the end result prior to spending thousands of dollars.

As word spread of his talents, builders and homebuyers would ask George for his opinions on real estate, before they ever built or purchased a property. In the case of builders – he would draw a rendering of the house to show the builder/rehabber/homebuyer what the house could look like upon its completion – including landscaping before an offer was submitted. His consultation with the client allowed them to not only visualize a completed project but also facilitated them in making an offer.

In 2000, George decided to phase out of the retail furniture/accessories store. It was time for a new challenge. George now works as a consultant to clients who need assistance with their interiors and exteriors, including landscaping. He nourishes his entrepreneurial spirit by studying companies, their products, their top management and the market and subsequently day trading stocks.

George has always continued to paint and sold many of his paintings in his retail store. After he and his wife, Pamela moved to the city of Chicago, George became inspired by his surroundings. He truly believes that Chicago is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. George finds the lake – intriguing; the creative botanical arrangements found throughout the city – magnificent; and the attention-to-detail used in developing such grand architecture – awe inspiring. His paintings are “impressionistic”. They convey vivid color that lures you into the abstract imagery of all the beauty he sees in and around Chicago.

Many weekends are spent in New Buffalo, Michigan, where he witnesses the city from the “other side”. Thus many of George’s paintings provide the viewer with his interpretation of the city from the “other side” of the lake. He now shows and sells his work at The Villager and The Villager’s Frisky Frog in the heart of New Buffalo, Michigan.

George’s paintings are at Penny’s Noodles at Diversey and Sheffield. He is on a rotation schedule at Argo Tea at various locations in Chicago – currently at Tribune Tower on Michigan Avenue, Merchandise Mart and State and Randolph (in the theater district).

George’s artistic talents also include photography. He loves capturing beauty and interesting subject matter. He has photographed many countries and local attractions, but he is most interested in what he has titled “Chicago’s Other Side”. George has a deep compassion for the less fortunate and sees that as a complete contrast to all the beauty the world has to offer. Through his photography of “Chicago’s Other Side”, it is George’s hope that the public develops an awareness of the less fortunate – that the public can feel and identify with the people in need. It is truly his hope that his photography can create more compassion in giving to the less fortunate while enjoying “the City of Lights”.

www.georgeddie.com Email: georgeddie@comcast.net Phone: 312-320-5856
www.fineartamerica.com - artist - George Riney – view available paintings

 

Chicago at It's Best by George Riney

 

Sailing Among the Flowers by George Riney

 

Reflecting Sails by George Riney

 

Blue Moon Chicago - SOLD by George Riney

 

Chicago Theater by George Riney

 

Friday at the Beach - sold by George Riney

 

Chicago - City of Fun - SOLD by George Riney

 

In the Lead - SOLD by George Riney

 

At the Top by George Riney

 

Chicago Morning - SOLD by George Riney

 

Serenity Sky - sold by George Riney

 

Ferris Wheel Fun - SOLD by George Riney

 

Gentle Breeze by George Riney

 

Springtime Tulips by George Riney

 

Tulips Between the Buildings by George Riney

 

Devil Dawgs Chicago - SOLD by George Riney

 

On Top of the City -SOLD by George Riney

 

Chicago Air Show - SOLD by George Riney

 

Bursting City Lights by George Riney

 

Chicago Devil Dawgs - SOLD by George Riney

 

Lincoln Park Lagoon - SOLD by George Riney

 

After the Fireworks by George Riney

 

Three Afloat - SOLD by George Riney

 

The Eyes of the Fish - SOLD by George Riney

 

After the Storm - SOLD by George Riney

 

Devil Dawgs - Chicago - SOLD by George Riney

 

Tulips on the Avenue - SOLD by George Riney

 

Oak Street Beach on the Curve - SOLD by George Riney

 

Peace Over the Lake - Sold by George Riney

 

Stop 41 by George Riney

 

Midnight on the Lake by George Riney

 

Chicago Beneath the Lake - SOLD by George Riney

 

Flash by George Riney

 

Fun in the Sun SOLD by George Riney

 

Blue Skies Chicago - SOLD by George Riney

 

Sunflowers - SOLD by George Riney

 

Party at the Cove - SOLD by George Riney

 

Bridges Up - SOLD by George Riney

 

Clear Sky - SOLD by George Riney

 

Grand View Drive in the Fall by George Riney

 

Sailing Amongst the Mountains by George Riney

 

Dinner Hour by George Riney

 

Village by the Sea - SOLD by George Riney

 

Race to Mackinac Island - SOLD by George Riney

 

Sail Surfing by George Riney

 

Oak Street Beach Chicago - SOLD by George Riney

 

Chicago Harbor by George Riney

 

The Village - sold by George Riney