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     Rick was born in St Cloud Minnesota in 1958.  He attended St Cloud University and received a BFA in Fine Arts.  Rick also minored in Aviation Technology while working towards his degree in Fine Arts.  He joined the United States Air Force Reserves, and served for nine years giving him a chance to pursue his love of flying.  Rick still flies commercially which has afforded him the opportunity to travel and see other parts of the world.  Although he enjoyed flying, Rick decided to continue his

education in the field of fine art.  This led him to attend the Minnesota River Valley School of Fine Arts, where he took portrait classes from it’s director Pat Jerde.  Rick always travels with a sketch pad and a set of paints.  Even though he has travelled throughout the world, Rick has settled back in Minnesota with his family.  Rick continually strives to capture the beauty in the world he sees

around him and in particular the place he calls home.  His vision of what he sees, the play of light and shadow in nature, is evident in his stunning landscapes.  Whether it is a landscape, a handsomely designed still life set up, or one of his aviation art themed works, Rick manages to capture the rich and vibrant tapestry of nature on canvas, and create a work of art that becomes a true gem in its own right.  Each painting that holds his signature is a work of distinction.  Rick’s paintings are proudly held in numerous public and private collections.