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"When you look at my work you are given the opportunity to be transported to where the subtleties of color, texture and composition take you.  My goal is to unleash your feelings and let them roam around the work and take in what appeals to you.  I am an abstract artist and it fits my abstract mind” 

River Huston

Huston’s richly-hued abstract paintings with complex surface textures invite inspection and exploration. According to Huston, her paintings develop organically; sometimes taking many years to reach completion, yet occasionally they are created within just minutes.  The highly-textured paintings are made with a combination of found materials; ranging from coffee grounds to roofing tiles, marble dust to gold dust.  These unusual, luscious and tactile elements are mixed with acrylic paints and applied to canvas or paper, resulting in images that can be sensuous, luminous, spacious, and mysterious, always beckoning the viewer into a world of uncharted territory. 

In addition to being a painter, Huston is a published author, noted public speaker and a poet. 

Huston has been painting and showing her work consistently for the past 35 years, showing primarily in galleries in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Mexico, California and the Caribbean.  She was included in an exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  Huston spent two years as the co-director of the Alternative Arts Alliance in The US Virgin Islands and was involved with teaching outreach classes in the community as well as being the resident artist at sevenminusseven art gallery.  Huston was awarded the Leeway Transformation Award for her work in the arts over the last 3 decades. 

River currently resides in northern California where she spends most of her time painting and writing.



B.A. in Music and Physical Education, Hunter College
Ph.D. Hon. Humanities, Albright College

​Selected Exhibitions 

​2013 Group Exhibit, Caribbean Color

2012 Solo Show sevenminuseven USVI

2011 Feminine Mystique, The Ice Gallery, USVI

2010 ARTEXPO New York City, NY

2009 Phillips Mill, New Hope, PA

2009 River Run Gallery, Lambertville, NJ

2003 No #9 Gallery, Lambertville, NJ

2000 PNC Bank, New Hope PA

1999 Positive Expressions, St Petersburg, Florida

1998 Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

1997 The Gallery Café, New Hope, PA