Ambiguity is the nest where creative thoughts emerge.
I enjoy looking at the art of Rick Stevens because there is the sense that as I parse through the ambiguity I know I’m gonna learn something. When you are looking at something that could be one thing as well as another, you have just entered a liminal space. It is these in-between spaces where life emerges. Think of that the edge of the pond where the frogs lie in wait to snatch a fly out mid air, these “edge of the pond” areas in our lives are where you want to dwell.
The forest is calling
The natural world is where we come from and must often return.
Rick Steves paintings are testimony of an artist who has a lifelong love affair with the natural world. His time spent in nature sensitively absorbing color and sounds and patterns have allowed him a huge visual vocabulary when he is developing his next painting. He may be working in the studio and not out in the woods but it is all there with him while he works and his paintings bare witness to this.
Rick at his easel
Rick Stevens is one of the most disciplined and tireless workers I know of all my artist friends.
I met Rick 34 years ago when he was just finishing up his art school days and had attached himself to a local artist who he admired and was learning from at the time. All the way back then Rick’s work ethic was evident in the way he was single mindedly pursuing his dream of becoming the best painter he could be. It is a pure pleasure to see how he has so beautifully bloomed over the past three decades which is a testimony to everyone to hold on to your dream like a pit bull and work your ass off like a boxer training for his big fight every day!