Thomas Rickis

Artist Biography

My work consists of watercolors, oils, mixed media and photography. My medium of choice for several years has been watercolors and I’m now exploring watercolor collage and oil collage. I am utilizing collage to transform the traditional two dimensional painting surface into a three dimensional visual surface. When working with watercolor collages, I’m using Arches 300lb cold press paper, layering the paper up to 4 layers high. When creating oil collages, I’m building surfaces with acid free materials and light modeling paste. A heavy modeling paste will weight down the canvas and create sag which I want to avoid.

Although my subject matter may be somewhat representational at times consisting of traditional landscapes such as barns set in a snow scene and still lives, several of my current pieces are contemporary abstracts creations.

When creating snow scenes, I like to contrast the warm colors of weathered barn siding with the cool color variations of snow. I’m a minimalist and do like to over load my paintings with excessive details since my objective is to present to the viewer just enough content to capture a mood or emotion. Several of my paintings convey a peaceful, homelike, intimate realism.

I find myself constantly analyzing everything around me which provides with endless possibilities of subject matter for new paintings.


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