Richard Segalman began his career in the early 1960’s working with watercolors and oils. While he continues to work in these media, Segalman's monotypes have gradually become his preeminent form of expression. He most often depicts two or three people engaged in a moment of emotional significance, usually in a tranquil domestic setting or an ephemeral beach scene. The faces of his characters are nondescript, as he allows their clothing and physical positions to communicate their feelings and relationships.
The expressionless faces and pastel palette employed by Segalman naturally draw comparisons with the works of the Impressionists, though his obvious relationship with his models adds a personal element that Impressionism lacks. More than anything else, Segalman has found a way to capture the true beauty of a contemplative moment shared by two people in an intimate environment.
Richard Segalman’s works are part of major collections such as: Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR; Bass Museum, Miami, FL; Boca Raton Museum of Art, FL; Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH; Canton Art Institute, OH; Dayton Art Institute, OH; Harvard University, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, MA; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D. C.; The Historical Society of Woodstock, NY; Charles MacNider Museum, Mason City, IA; Midwest Museum of American Art, Elkhart, IN; Millersville State College, PA; Minneapolis Institute of Arts, MN; Montclair Art Museum, NJ; Museum of Fine Art, St. Petersburg, FL; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; New Paltz College Museum, NY; Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Naples, FL; Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL; St. Louis Art Museum, MO; Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA; Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Loretto, PA; Syracuse University Museum, NY; Tampa Museum of Art, FL.