A Man on Commission
Richard Bollinger’s fabulous watercolors hang in galleries throughout the country. But it’s likely that his most popular works—thanks to a local bank’s holiday tradition—are hanging on your wall.
Photograph by Tom Nutter
Area artist Richard Bollinger’s commissioned works—more than 150—can be found in corporate and private collections across the country. But in Delaware, Bollinger is perhaps best known for the paintings he’s done for the PNC Bank Holiday Art Series.
The most recent Bollinger contribution, 2009’s “Brandywine Treasure,” was the popular series’ 22nd commissioned work. Signed, limited-edition prints are now available for the general public to purchase.
Other local artists commissioned by PNC include Larry Anderson, Nicholas Santoleri, Carolyn Anderson, Carolyn Blish and C. Phillip Wikoff. Bollinger was thrilled to be commissioned for a third time for the series.
“PNC is a first-class organization. They are fantastic to work with,” Bollinger says. “I can’t say enough about how they treat their customers.”
Originally, PNC commissioned artists to paint scenes of local landmarks for an annual holiday card that was sent to customers, says Connie Bond Stuart, regional president for PNC Delaware and West Chester. It has since grown into a holiday custom that has enhanced the bank’s relationship with clients. At the holiday party hosted by the bank each year, clients are given signed, limited-edition prints as gifts.
“We try not to replicate historic landmarks that have been used in the past because our clients collect these prints and it’s nice for them to have something different from year to year,” Stuart says. “It’s a nice tradition that I think people look forward to and appreciate.”
Bollinger certainly does.