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Russell Ricks (b. 1958)  Artworks >>

The following was submitted by the artist: I was born into the creative Don and Iris Ricks family July 15, 1958 in Rexburg, Idaho. With a professionally accomplished artist as a father and a mother with a beautifully trained soprano voice, I suppose it was more than mere coincidence to eventually find my own creative direction. It didn't take long for me to discover I also had a creative knack. By first grade, I knew I would be a successful artist someday and quickly began to impress my peers with some early drawings. My intense art training began at the age of ten years old when my father organized a national outdoor painting art school, called Painting Vacations. Though very young, I listened intently to the nationally acclaimed instructors give suggestions and constructive criticism to each student. I would also sit through an entire 2 ½ hour to 3 hour painting demonstration and soak as much in as my young mind could handle. The art instructor influencing me the most was the late charismatic and flamboyant Sergei Bongart. Thousands of Bongart's former students still pay tribute to him today. Many successful professional artists today claim, or have felt his influence in the art world. In my mind, I still hear Sergei call out in his thick Russian accent, his often quoted, "More important what you leave out than what put in." Or hear him say, "More cool-or!" By the age of about Twelve, I would paint alongside the other students. Those days were wonderful and rich memories! With a double background in fine and commercial art, this eventually opened the door to a number of mural projects. As a resident transplant of Utah, I eventually met and married Karen Samuelson, November of 1999. By the year 2001, I was back into fine art full-time. Courtesy of AskArt.com

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