Runge featuring artist’s work

Jefferson City artist Tom Bose’s “Whitetail buck” is one of several works that will be on display at the featured exhibit at Runge Conservation Center in March and April.

Jefferson City artist Tom Bose’s “Whitetail buck” is one of several works that will be on display at the featured exhibit at Runge Conservation Center in March and April.

Jefferson City artist Tom Bose’s work is the featured exhibit at the Runge Conservation Center during March and April.

Bose has 32 paintings on display, and all but two are watercolors.

The display, which is free to view, runs through April at the Runge Center, 330 Commerce Drive. It is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. The center stays open later on Thursdays, until 8 p.m.

He retired from the Missouri Department of Conservation in 2010, has had prior exhibits at Runge in 2007 and 2010. Bose says most of the paintings are new, and that his formats have gone from 8 by 10 inches to up to 22 by 28 inches.

“I’m getting more familiar with the bigger formats,” he said. And he says he’s improved his technique over recent years.

“Watercolor is extremely difficult to correct your mistakes,” he said. “I’ve always had a deadly fear of (having to correct) big ones, but I’m learning lots of tricks along the way about correcting mistakes.”

He cherishes Missouri’s outdoor treasures and strives to capture their color and variety in his art. All of the flora and fauna in his paintings are indigenous to Missouri.

Bose hopes his “Wildlife of Missouri” exhibition will inspire everyone to get out and enjoy the wonders of nature.

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