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 distinctive directional brushstrokes to bring the mountains, mesas, and canyons of this region to life. His paintings often celebrate the beauty of our public lands.
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 spent nearly 3 weeks living and working at Capitol Reef as an Artist in Residence in the fall of 2021. He found great inspiration in the redrock landscape of this Utah park. He presented a public program in late-September at the Entrada Institute in the nearby town of Torrey, and he looks forward to creating many new paintings based on his time at this amazing park. Rick previously served as Artist in Residence at Mesa Verde National Park in 2019.
Rick exhibited four paintings in this prestigious juried show, April 23-May 22 at the Loveland Museum in Loveland, CO, and received a Merit Award for "Trail's End" (shown at left). This painting was featured in both the Denver Post and 303 Magazine.
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