Building a log cabin amid the pinon-covered mesas and canyons of southern Colorado rekindled Rick's passion for art. A growing appreciation for the subtle beauty of the Southwest led him to pick up a paintbrush for the first time in twenty years. Soon, Rick developed his own unique approach to capturing the Western landscape in oils.
After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Miami University (Ohio), Rick moved to Colorado where he embarked upon a career in teaching. While earning an MA in U.S. History at the University of Colorado (Denver), Rick researched the experience of one group native to the Southwest: the Southern Ute Indians. This work culminated in Rick's award-winning book, The Ute Indians of Colorado in the Twentieth Century. In his paintings, Rick taps his knowledge of the peoples of the Southwest--Native, Hispano, and Anglo--to better depict the human imprint on this land.
Rick lives with his wife and daughter in Castle Rock, Colorado. In addition to pursuing his own artwork, Rick teaches art, history, and world religions at Daniel C. Oakes High School in Castle Rock.