A native of New Hampshire in the USA, I moved to Binghamton, New York in 2003 to attend Graduate School at Binghamton University. I have a BA in Graphic Design from Keene State College in Keene, NH and have freelanced in my field since 1997. While I love my profession, my real passion is for painting.
I began painting with watercolor, about 16 years ago. At that time I studied with master watercolor artist Byron Carr. However, it was while I was attending Keene State College that I first developed the oil and cold wax technique for which I have become noted.
Since moving to New York, I organized and participated in an employee art exhibit entitled Passionate Pursuits after Hours in conjunction with The Family & Children’s Society’s 65th Anniversary Open House held at Terracotta in Binghamton. I exhibited at The Family and Children’s Society’s office on Main St., Nezuntoz on the Southside, The Krebes Gallery and at The KNOW Theatre on Carroll Street, all in Binghamton. I also participated in a special event at the Mad Hatter on Clinton Street entitled “The Stars Come Out”, which featured up and coming artists from the Binghamton area. I also exhibited my work at The Black Bear Winery in Chenango Bridge, NY. My work was juried and accepted into the 2009 Rude and Bold Women exhibit, The 2010 WSKG Art in Motion Competition and 6 NY City Tour and the 2010 Ethnic Festival at the Jewish Community Center In Vestal, NY. My most recent exhibit in March 2011, was entitled “Exploring Landscapes through Different Mediums and Styles” and was held at Java Joes, in Binghamton.
I think painting is a health obsession. Each piece “comes from my heart,” evolving each and every time I lay paint upon the canvas. My work has many faces often reflecting My interest in the blending of the Spanish and Native American cultures or my love of nature. At times it may reflect my own spirituality or a less serious side, as seen at times, in a more whimsical approach. The technique for which I am most noted is a combination of oils and cold wax, which allows me to build up the surface of the canvas, giving it a rich textural appearance. “I find that people cannot resist touching my paintings. The texture of the paint and wax, and the swirls of vibrant color enliven the viewer’s spirit. The impressions left by the palette knife draw their eye and their mind into the heart of the painting.”
Hi BJ. Sorry I took so long to get back to your comment. My idea's I guess just come. The guitar painting " Bill and Gosia " statred as being devoted to 2 friends in Berlin that are musicians and have those guitars. I shetched to 2 instruments, changing things around several times before I re-sketch on canvas. As I sketch the idea's seem to just come. I'm sure you also have had this happen to you as well. The only drug taken is Merlot. LOL. Take care and thank you so much for the kind words and support. Rick