q)Please introduce yourself.
a)HI, I'm Ricky.
q) Where do you live and work?
q) How would you describe your work to someone who has never seen it?
a) Landscape paintings.
q) How did you start in the arts? How/when did you realize you were an artist?
a) Probably not until college, I enjoyed drawing so I wanted to do something creative. Luckily I had some great professors who got me really excited about art and my potential.
q) What are your favorite art materials and why?
a) Acrylic paint. That's about all I use. It is incredibly versatile and there are dozens of great mediums so I can get it to do whatever I want.
q) What/who influences you most?
a) Probably nature, dramatic landscapes especially. The way architecture sits in and interacts with nature always gives me loads of ideas. I love talking to my artist friends and hearing their ideas, that always motivates me and excites me.
q) Describe a typical day of art making for you.
a) Well it usually starts with getting the kids off to school and then I head downstairs to my studio in the basement. It takes me a little while to pick the right podcast (RadioLab, This American Life, Hearing Voices, etc.) to listen to and then I just paint until lunch. I've usually got about four or five different pieces of varying sizes going at once. After I eat lunch (which is usually a bowl of cereal) I paint until about 4pm when the kids come home from school. Some nights I head back down to the studio after the kids are in bed.
q) Do you have goals, specific things you want to achieve with your art or in your career as an artist?
a) I have many goals, I'm constantly trying to push my paintings and try something new in each painting. I want to make paintings that blow my own mind. If I love my paintings then I'm happy. I'm also constantly trying to show in bigger and better venues. I would love to show in museums and the big biennials.
q) What contemporary artists or developments in art interest you?
a) I just saw Olafur Eliason at the MCA in
q) How long does it typically take you to finish a piece?
a) Probably about two weeks to a month depending on the size. Maybe two months for the really big ones.
q) Do you enjoy selling your pieces, or are you emotionally attached to them?
a)At first I was attached to them until they all started piling up and I had so many paintings I didn't know what to do with them. Now I really enjoy selling my work. Its very satisfying to have someone who appreciates my ideas enough that they are willing to pay for it and hang it in their home.
q) Is music important to you? If so, what are some things you're listening to now?
a) Yes, I think music feeds many ideas I have, and many painting ideas give me music ideas (I like to play music and I keep telling myself I'm going to start recording soon). Recently I have been listening to Discovery, Fever Ray, Jens Lekman, The Streets, M83
a) I don't read nearly as much as I'd like to. Some recent books I've enjoyed are Sum: forty tales of the afterlives, Tale of two Cities, Why we believe what we Believe. Right now I'm reading Stiff by Mary Roach, it's pretty interesting so far.
q) What theories or beliefs do you have regarding creativity or the creative process?
a)I think its really important to work whether or not you have any ideas or are even feeling creative. Working will always generate ideas.
q) What do you do (or what do you enjoy doing) when you're not creating?
a) I mostly hang out with my wife and kids. I like going to art shows and concerts and traveling to see friends and family. I watch a lot of movies too. Normal stuff.
q) Do you have any projects or shows coming up that you are particularly excited about?
a)I'm in a cool show at the
q) Do you follow contemporary art scenes? If so, how? What websites, magazines, galleries do you prefer?
a)I subscribe to artforum but for some reason I don't read it very much, I like the pictures. I follow about 10 different art blogs like Daily Serving, MW Capacity, VVORK, but does it float, and a bunch more.
q) Ask yourself a question you'd like to answer, and answer it.
a)How long are you going to grow your hair? I haven't decided yet, at least two more inches.
q) Any advice for aspiring artists?
a) Be aware of what is going on in the art world but don't become obsessed with it. Become obsessed with your own life and the people and things that you love. You have to work very hard.
q) Where can we see more of your work online?