“When painting, my objective is to achieve a look that pays homage to the historic masters that paved the way for future artists. The periods that influence me most are 18th & 19th century Dutch, Barbizon School, Hudson River School, American Impressionist & Tonalists. I try & include elements of each period, as the painting dictates, to create both a technically & aesthetically interesting piece. I tend to paint in a lower value scale as it allow me to be much more dramatic with light. My use of color is limited so as to unify the painting & achieve a more tonal quality.”
Rick was born in 1955 in Edinburgh, Indiana & discovered very early he had an interest in art. After high school, Rick entered the work force, working 29 years in the architectural aluminum industry & pursuing art at a hobby level. Upon retirement in 2003, Rick made the fine art his new vocation & sought instruction from Indiana artists Ronald Mack & C.W. Mundy, as well as art business workshops with Bill Bush of the Fredericksburg Artists School. As a professional artist, Rick has honed his skills through workshops & many years of practice & has developed into a very collectable artist.
He still enters his works in juried competitions & has won numerous awards including “Best of Show”. His works are included in many private & corporate collections across the country. Included among his corporate collectors are:
Plein Air Magazine, Indiana Governor’s Permanent Collection, Aisin Holdings Corporation of N.A., Hendricks Regional Health, One America, Johnson County-Indiana Museum of History, Town of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Public Library