Rick was born and raised in West Valley City, Utah. While growing up, he spent much time outdoors and on his grandfather’s ranch in Star Valley, Wyoming. This is where he acquired a particular love for horses and the cowboy lifestyle. Many of his paintings are inspired by these passions. His artistic technique varies from a loose impressionistic style with bright vibrant colors to one that depicts fine detail.
While in college, Rick received an art scholarship where he began pursuing his interest in oil painting. Eventually, he began studying Fine Art at the University of Utah.
This is where he developed a deep appreciation for all kinds of art. Rick has been painting for over 20-years and has had the opportunity to study under and be personally tutored by Cowboy Artists of America, Jason Rich, Grant Redden, and Chad Poppleton. Subsequently, Rick has spent ample amounts of time at the easel honing in his skills and techniques. Rick aims his work to bring much joy to those who view it and to create an emotion that connects with people, places, and time.
Rick, his wife, and four sons currently reside in North Salt Lake, Utah.