Originally from southern California, Rick moved north shortly after high school to study art. After early years at the Junior College level, Rick was awarded a scholarship to the San Francisco Art Institute to study drawing and painting. Later education included illustration courses at the San Francisco Academy of Art University. The combination of these two schools proved pivotal to Rick’s art education and the practical application of making a living, both as an illustrator and an art instructor. He holds a BA degree in Fine Art from Prescott College, Arizona.
Rick now divides his time from winter in Arizona to summer in Oregon. Rick is currently an art instructor at the Tubac School of Fine Art, the Art Institute at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (now in his 13thyear), the Community Performance and Art Center (Green Valley), and the Tubac Center of the Arts. His Oregon teaching experience includes the Sitka Center for Art & Ecology.
Rick’s skill as an art instructor is, in part due to his broad range of styles and media. He enjoys experimentation through mix media, as well as the more traditional watercolor, acrylic, and oil painting. A consummate draughtsman, he takes pleasure in teaching classes for beginners to advanced drawing students, whether with pencil, pen & ink, or charcoal. Rick is primarily a studio artist, but he also enjoys teaching outdoor painting, aka ‘plein air’ painting, using traditional transparent watercolor.
Rick’s scratchboard work – a lesser known drawing technique – has become his recognized art style. Over the years as an illustrator, this work has been in high demand by the National Park Service, US Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management, as well as several State Parks and clients in the field of Environmental Protection. His drawings, paintings, and scratchboard work can be found in Private and Public permanent collections both here and abroad, including the Grand Canyon Museum Collection, St George Art Museum, Grand County (UT), and Sonoma State University (CA), and others.
Rick is currently a member of the Artists for Conservation, International Society of Scratchboard Artists, and was a former member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (25-year member, now retired).