A connection with the land through expressive painting
A unique vision of the Southwest
A celebration of color
"Cloud Dance above Black Mesa," oils on canvas, 30x24
Rick finds inspiration in the unique confluence of topography, culture, and light that is the Southwest. He uses bright color and stylized strokes to bring the mountains, mesas, and canyons of northern New Mexico to life.
After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Miami University (Ohio), Rick moved to Colorado where he embarked on a career in teaching. After earning an MA in US History at the University of Colorado, he wrote an award-winning book, The Ute Indians of Colorado in the Twentieth Century. Rick draws upon his research into the various peoples of the Southwest--Native, Hispano, and Anglo--to better depict the human imprint on this ruggedly beautiful land. Since retiring from teaching, Rick has been painting full time. He lives with his wife and two dogs in Castle Rock, Colorado.
Rick will spend several weeks living and working at Capitol Reef as an Artist in Residence in the fall of 2021. He looks forward to bringing his unique artistic vision to the redrock landscape of this Utah park. He will present a public program at 7:30 PM on September 26th at the Entrada Institute in the nearby town of Torrey. Rick previously served as Artist in Residence at Mesa Verde National Park in 2019.
Rick has been juried into this annual showcase of artwork by distinguished Colorado artists. The show will be open May 22nd through June 27th at the Loveland Museum in Loveland, CO. The 30th Anniversary Opening Night Gala will be held the evening of May 21st.
Get a glimpse into how Rick creates his paintings and what he is seeking to communicate.