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.
Having recently retired from teaching, Rick is now painting full time. Rick lives with his wife and daughter in Castle Rock, Colorado.