Rick is an award-winning Illustrator and Photographer who has used his creative and technical skills as a Creative Director and Consultant to create instructional design websites, intranet sites, K-12 online courses, 2D & 3D graphics and Executive Information Systems. He has worked for companies such as Walt Disney World, Kemper National services and The Florida Virtual School designing course content and performing 508 Compliance and Accessibility testing as well as developing client server and web based software applications. Rick began drawing when he was 9 years old and started painting when he was 13. His paintings have been shown in galleries in Virginia and Florida and have earned first and second place awards in juried art shows for his paintings and photography. Rick is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University where he received a double major in Marketing and Information Systems.
We all have a story to tell. For me, my life story is told sitting at a canvas painting a picture, behind the lens of a camera or in my garage cutting out wood characters or building furniture. I have always been fascinated with the ability to draw and create artwork since I was a child. I started drawing when I was around 9 years old with pencils, magic markers, and water colors on everything I could find from paper, wood to metal surfaces. As a kid, I taught myself how to paint and quickly learn to use oil paints on canvas and Tester's enamel model paint to create paintings on paper and canvas. .
Looking at my career on paper, there are achievements that I can look back with fond memories such as working for Walt Disney World as a Web Developer and working for the US Navy as a Government Contractor, but the one achievement that I am most proud of is the people I have been able to connect with through my art and the lives I have been able to touch and bring a smile to someone's face or a tear of joy in their eyes through my paintings and artwork. That is what keeps me doing what I love to do. I hope you like what you see here and will come back often.