Tow​n and Country magazine named Dr. Whitney​ one of the top twelve portrait painters in America.  Fine Arts Connoisseur called him one of the "giants of the field" of figurative painting.  Dr. Whitney has won over 40 regional and national awards as well as three grants from the Greenshield's foundation of Montreal.  His paintings hang in over 750 public and private collections throughout the United States and abroad. They include the Anchorage Museum of Art and History; the Anderson House Museum; the Newark Museum; the Pentagon; Harvard; MIT; Stanford; Yale; and the Catholic University of Portugal.  Dr. Whitney has painted more than 400 portraits including numerous CEOs of industry, presidents of universities and educational leaders as well as family and individual portraits.  He has painted eight US Governors including Mitt Romney; US Senators Tom McIntyre, Judd Gregg and James Webb, Jr.; Nobel Laureates Paul Samuelson and Dr. Phillip A. Sharp; Secretary of Labor Robert Reich; Cardinal Humberto Medeiros; Father McGivney, Founder of the the Knights of Columbus; and actor, Ethan Hawke.  

Born in 1946, Dr. Whitney graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of New Hampshire in 1986.  Hie studied with Sidney F. Willis and with the eminent Boston painter, R. H. Ives Gammell, over a period of five years.  Over fifteen dealers and agents represent Dr. Whitney nationwide.  Memberships have included  the American Society of Classical Realism, the Copley Society, the Guild of Boston Artists, the National Arts Club, the Players, and the Society of Illustrators.  He is an Honorary Member of the Allied Artists of America and the American Artists Professional League.  Dr. Whitney is a board member of the Arts Renewal Center and Chairman Emeritus of the American Society of Portrait Artists Foundation. In 2015, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts for lifetime achievement from the University of New Hampshire. 

Dr. Whitney's paintings have been the subject of numerous magazine articles.  He was the cover artist for the the April 1982 issue of American Artist and was featured again in April 2002.  Dr. Whitney is the author of the book Painting the Visual Impression which has been read by thousands of artists world-wide.  He is also a co-author of the book Realism in Revolution: The Art of the Boston School.  Dr. Whitney has traveled and painted in Europe, Japan, Alaska and the Caribbean and has lectured and conducted workshops throughout the United States.  

Dr. Whitney lives with his artist wife, Sandy Sherman, on 81 acres of land in Stoddard, New Hampshire.  It is an artist's paradise, surrounded by some 12,000 acres of conserved land.  



"I am taking this opportunity to express our delight with the portrait.  Our expectations were high, but they have been surpassed. We are so pleased and such admirers of Richard's ​painting that we have become collectors."    

- John J. Shields, III

"I much appreciate your work...your drawing is good and so is the modeling.  In your portraits there is character and life. "

​     - Peitro Annigoni

(Artist/Painter of Queen Elizabeth)

Selected Commissions


Governor Mitt Romney, Massachusetts State House

Marlin Fitzwater, Presidential Press Secretary to Presidents Reagan and Bush Sr.

Robert Reich, Secretary of Labor under President Clinton

James Webb, Jr., Secretary of the Navy under President Bush Sr.​

Lane Kirkland, President, AFL-CIO

​US Senator Thomas J. McIntyre of New Hampshire

Seven Governors of New Hampshire: Hugh Gregg, John King, Walter Peterson, Hugh Gallen, Vesta Roy, John Sununu and Judd Gregg

Alain Briottet, Consul General of France

Kevin Harrington, Jr., Senate President of Massachusetts

Edward J. McCormack, Jr., Attorney General of Massachusetts

Ed Fox, Sallie Mae

​John T. Broderick, Jr., New Hampshire Supreme Court Chief Justice


John Cunningham, Executive Vice President, Wang Corporation

John J. Shields, III, CEO, Prime Computer Corporation

Bruce Ferguson, Developer of the Pegasus Rocket

Takezo Hirato, CEO, Mazda Corporation

​John A. Caddell, CEO, Blount Construction Corporation

Attorney David Armstrong

Robert Shafto, CEO, The New England Insurance Company

Wilson Wilde, CEO, Hartford Steamboiler Inspection & Insurance Company

Philip Koerner, CEO, National Grange Mutual Corporation

Stuart Watson, CEO, Heublein Corporation

Dr. James Houck, CEO, Institute of Living, Hartford

Leo Kraszeski, CEO, Sailors Snug Harbor, Sea Level, NC

Dr. Douglas E. Oleson, CEO, Battelle Corporation


Dr. Paul Samuelson & Phillip Sharp, Nobel Laureates, MIT

Cardinal Humberto Medeiros, Catholic University of Portugal

Ethan Hawke, The Players, NYC

Pat & Lori McGovern, Benefactors, McGovern Brain Institute, MIT

Dr. Paul Beeson, O.B.E., David A. Kessler, Dr. Hanna Gray, Dr. Susan Hockfield & Dr. Bruce Shields, Yale University

Reverend Paul Karnes, President, Unitarian Universalist Association of America

William A. Treat, Benefactor, University of Maine

Tanio Nakamura, Curator, Tokyo National Museum

A. Sadeghi-Nejad, Minister of Culture for Iran

Herburt & Paulie Emilson, Benefactors, South Shore Hospital

Mary MacDonald, Nick Thorndike, James Mongan, Mass General Hospital

Dr. J. William Littler, Pioneer Hand Surgeon, Roosevelt Hospital

Dr. Victor Dzau, Brigham & Williams Hospital

Dr. Nelson Kiang, Dr. Saumil Merchant, and Dr. Joseph, Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary

​Economist Otto Eckstein & Dr. Scott Cunningham, Harvard University

Dr. James Glenn, CEO, Mount Sinai Hospital

Dr. Robert Chase, Standford University of Medicine

Father McGivney, Founder, Knights of Columbus

Gregory H. Williams, Dean, Ohio State University School of Law

Reverend Dr. Malcolm J. Sutherland, Jr., University of Chicago

Edwin J. Delattre, President, St. Johns College

John Curry & Kenneth Ryder, Presidents Emeritus, Northeastern University

Ruth Chauncey Bishop, Dean & Roberta Smith, N.E. Genealogical Society

Buster Navins, Marty & Patty Doggett, the Governors Academy

Dr. Edward Carlson, Dr. Roy Carlson, Dr. Brian Carlson, Dr. Carol Matteson, Presidents, Mount Ida College

Dr. Edwin H. Welch, President, University of Charleston

Dr. Joseph Curry, Headmaster, Cushing Academy

Richard Unsworth, Headmaster, Berkshire School, Sheffield, MA

William McMillan, Headmaster, Pine Crest School, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Dominic S.F. Lee, Benefactor, Anchorage Historical and Fine Arts Museum

Thomas Brush, Blanch Goldenberg, John Ratte & Russ Weigel, Loomis Chaffee School

Leonard Natman, Brooklyn Academy of Music

Gifford Foley, Benefactor, The Kent School

Stuart & Monie Chase and Gerald Mayer, Eaglebrook School

​David & Mary Barber, King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, Bermuda