Midair Figure no.1, Acrylic on MDF Board, 2014

For almost 20 years I’ve been a painter. Prior to that I had called myself  “videographer:, but upon entering college there was a title shift. I have a BFA from Eastern Michigan University in painting and art history.  My work is in acrylic, almost always figurative and most recently on shaped MDF Board. I’m cutting shapes for my paintings, often using a router to round the edge. It’s an exciting series that is taking off in directions I didn’t expect when I started.cropped-image2.jpg

I’ve also worked in art and fine craft sales. As manager and co-owner of 16 Hands in Ann Arbor, Michigan, I was able to see the other side of the art equation. I got to display, promote and sell the work of artists and craftspeople from all over the United States. At the  heart of the collection was handmade functional craft, furniture, fine art & gifts. As a buyer I met with prospective artists, purchased from the artists we represented, and attend national shows to seek out new merchandise. My own work sold well at 16 Hands, and I was fortunate enough to continue painting and designing products throughout my 12 years there.

ReCircles Garden Sculpture Graphic
ReCircles Garden Sculpture Graphic

As a maker of things, I’ve followed interests of design and construction into projects like kinetic garden sculpture, multilayer wall mirrors, cast paper, found object sculpture, silicone molds and candle making. Some have become fully formed product lines that sold to wholesale and retail markets, others were designed, sourced out and created only to become a one-of-a-kind item. Progress is often at a snail’s pace with these ideas. In fact, after full-time work comes painting, then design & craft projects. More about these projects will be posted as the page grows.

I work from a studio in my Michigan home.


3 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Rick. I spotted your Warrior No.4 painting online and really liked it. I’m an 18 year business student from Ontario and would love to use your art on one of my pieces for my upcoming fashion archive. I will not be selling any of it, it’s just a fashion movement that I’d love to be able to start with your art included. I would love to give you credit and put your name, etc on anything I feature it on. Please get back to me as soon as possible. Have a great night. PS. I messaged you on Instagram too if you’d like to contact me there aswell.


    1. Kian – my apologies. I missed notification of your message and I’m just now seeing it. I’m not sure what your request entails, but it’s likely too late now to matter. At any rate, thank you for your interest in my work. – Rick


      1. Hey rick, it’s not too late! We spoke breifly on Instagram. So If u don’t mind messaging me there we could continue to discuss it. @kiangannonn


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