Welcome to Thomas A Rickis Fine Art

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I hope you enjoy the images of my paintings and photographs. 


All of my paintings are framed. Watercolors, watercolor/collagraph and watercolor/collage will always be framed under glass. I utilize 100% acid free products – museum quality grade mat boards and mounting boards. Some painting will be double matted while others will have a single white mat board. Watercolors will be on Arches 300 lb. Cold Press or Rough acid free watercolor paper. Oils will be on canvas panels or stretched canvas. Those on stretchers bars will be either cotton canvas or linen canvas.

I utilize both traditional size stretcher bars and gallery size stretcher bars for my oil paintings. 


Several of my watercolor paintings are available in Limited Edition (25) Giclee Prints. Contact me for sizes and prices.


Photographs can be purchased framed and matted or just matted. Several  photographs are 8 X 10 inches in size, the matted size is 11 X 14 inches and the framed size is 14.25 X 17.25 inches. All mats are white and most frames are white with a flat 1.75 inch face profile. Please contact me if you have any questions or need additional information regarding my work.

Artist Statement

My work consists of watercolors, oils and mixed media. My medium of choice for several years has been watercolors. During the past few years I’ve been experimenting with watercolor/collagraph (a form of intaglio print making) and I’m now exploring watercolor-collage and oil-collage. I’m utilizing collage to transform the traditional two dimensional painting surface into a three dimensional visual surface.


Although my subject matter may be somewhat representational at times, consisting of traditional landscapes, as barns set in snow scenes, and still lives, several of my current paintings are contemporary abstracts and impressionist landscapes. In my 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 not 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. 


My secondary passion is photography. I’ve been doing photography work for over a decade. Initially my purpose was to utilize photographs to create paintings (of which I still do) but, photography has opened up my eyes and mind to additional artistic expressions. I find myself constantly analyzing everything around me which allows me endless possibilities for subject matter.



The inspiration for this watercolor painting.

A half gallon of 'Neapolitan' ice cream (consisting of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry) was what inspired me to create this abstract watercolor - collage painting.  When the ice cream melts, the flavors will start to flow together which is what I saw using those colors to create this abstract collage (3- D) painting.  It was sold to a couple living in South Carolina who were previously from Connecticut (Hartford County). The painting was on display at my Two Man Art Show - Artist's Guild of Spartanburg, S.C. and at my Featured Exhibition with the Artists' Guild Gallery of Greenville, S.C. 


      

Announcments

"Fine Art and Flowers" in the  Founders Gallery.  Friday May 25th thru June 24th at the Gallery on the Green - Canton Artists' Guild, Canton, CT.  The  show is free and open to the public.  Gallery hours are Thursday  -  Sunday 1 to 5 pm.  Opening reception is Saturday, June 2nd, 6 to 9  pm.  I have the following painting in the show.  "Facets of Blue" an Abstract Watercolor, 24" x 36" $430.00.  Please stop in to see the exhibit!  

   

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(860) 601-1421