Richard Gruetter, born in Portland, OR, currently lives in Rota, Spain where he was a Professor of art for the University of Maryland and is now retired from teaching. Gruetter originally worked in the medium of film. He was recognized in the 70's for break-through technology in experimental film. His work was shown at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Northwest Film Studies Center. Gruetter turned to painting in the mid-80’s to more directly express his interests in nature, light and personal narrative. Collectif Jeune Cinema, Paris, France is a current distributor of his films. Gruetter’s work is included in collections internationally.