Ric has been drawing as long as he can remember. “I am blessed to be naturally gifted, and through the years, I have learned to hone my technique. I have no formal schooling; I have been self-taught. My influences are the masters and I incorporate the greats into my work,” he says. Ric has had a long and varied career, working in different media and in different forms of art. “As an artist, you must wear different hats,” he explains. “I have am successful commercially, drawing caricatures and doing sign design and painting. I also have achievements in the fine arts, focusing on oil and acrylic paintings, charcoals, pastels, and public murals.”
Ric has painted three major downtown Gallup murals, including “Gallup Community Life” at City Hall, “The Hispanic Mural” on the corner of First Street and Coal Avenue, “The Melting Pot” on Historic Highway 66, and a mural celebrating Gallup’s Japanese heritage at Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe. These murals are part of Gallup’s tourism initiative and are included in the downtown mural tour. They were also featured in New Mexico Magazine’s profile of Gallup. “People have commented that they find something new every time they view these works, which is how I know they have been successful and have become part of the fabric of our community,” says Ric.
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