Natural and Manmade Landscapes: Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace

May 1, 2016 – January 26, 2017

Richardson's Arc - Loring LR.op

NEW! Art Sale to Benefit Conservancy begins December 8.

Artist Thomas Loring will donate 50% of the sales of his original paintings to the Emerald Necklace Conservancy. Take home or give as a gift a beautiful framed watercolor of iconic landscapes of the Emerald Necklace. View a sampling of the exhibit.

Artist Statement

Painted over the last twenty years, these watercolors are drawn from Frederick Law Olmsted’s parks and reflect the natural and manmade elements of the landscape that Olmsted created over 150 years ago with his colleagues: John C. Olmsted, H.H. Richardson, and Richardson’s successors, Shepley, Rutan, and Coolidge. This collaboration was instrumental in realizing his far-reaching vision for the parks.

Olmsted’s parks are a remarkable orchestration of organic forms in harmony with built structures. The design of the landscape is highlighted by contrasts of earth and water, light and dark, movement and repose. One’s eye is drawn to the sinuous forms, reflections in water and arrays of color at the interface of the natural and manmade. These watercolors were inspired by these splendid parks, and I am delighted to have the opportunity to show them at the Shattuck Visitor Center.

Thomas Loring, April 2016

About the Artist 

Thomas Loring was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. He graduated from Harvard University where he developed a lifelong interest in art and drawing. After beginning a course of study at the Boston Architectural Center, he went on to Carnegie Mellon University where he received a Master of Architecture degree. He started his career with Woollen Associates Architects in Cincinnati and Indianapolis before joining ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge, becoming a Principal at ARC, specializing in educational and scientific buildings. Painting in watercolor and drawing by hand has been complementary to his work in architecture for more than thirty years. He paints on site and in a studio in Boston and while traveling.

Photo: Loring painting in Provence

Shattuck Visitor Center

Final two months!
Watercolor Exhibit by Thomas Loring
at the Shattuck Visitor Center
125 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115

December 8, 2016 – January 26, 2017
Mon – Fri 9 am – 5 pm

Artist will donate 50% of sales to support the work of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy.
For more information or to purchase art, contact Jeanie Knox 617-522-2700 or