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I began my journey in art early. At age three I would sit on the floor drawing what my father referred to as “stick men.” This passion for drawing has always led me to pursue the arts. Having taken many art classes and completing my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Jacksonville State University, it is now time to pursue the next step in my education. The next step in my education has taken me into the world of art instruction, having recently becoming a certified Grumbacher Painting Instructor. Starting out as a photographer and painter in college, I took my first printmaking class in the summer of 2007 and fell in love with this art form. Printmaking engages my curiosity and challenges my creativity, opening up a new path of exploration. Still having a love for all these techniques, I find that each have a hand in my art making. My work has always been realistic in nature; animals, flora and the human form are of particular interest to me. I find myself inspired and drawn toward works of other artist such as Brigit O’Connor, Jackson Pollock, to less known artists like Allison McElroy. My process of making art has transitioned over the years. Now I find that my process of art creation involves different layering techniques. This layering process can involve different things, it could be as simple as glazing different colors over each other, to as technical as layering many different materials, medias, or techniques. These techniques could include collage, printmaking, painting, or drawing to create a single piece. For me, art is an illustration of feeling and expression.
Rick D. Adkins
Rick D. Adkins is a native of Scottsboro, Alabama. He now lives in Huntsville, Alabama, pursuing his art career. Rick is part owner of R. C. Kinsmon Fine Art and Art Photography Studio located in Huntsville. Rick has shown in many group exhibitions since graduating from Jacksonville State University in 2009, with a BFA in Printmaking.
While at Jacksonville State, Rick had work shown alongside artist Yoko Ono in Fort Worth Texas at the FluxMuseum. Rick has work included in two museum collections. As well as having work in many national and international private collections. Rick has recently had his work published in the local Valley Planet magazine in Huntsville. Rick is not only a published artist but also has had his research on Japanese woodblock printing techniques published.
Rick is now a certified instructor for Grumbacher Paint Company, and is pursuing his work in the arts. He has worked with many charity organizations to produce work for them. One of which is the GLBT Advocacy and Youth Service Organization in Huntsville, with his portraits of GLBTQ persons. Rick is also working on a few solo shows that will be opening in the next year.
Rick credits his father for his working in the art field. His father used to call his drawings stick men, and he would always reply “One day dad you will see these stick men will take me some place.” This drive has always stuck with him, no matter what was going on Rick had never let go of his dream.
Rick’s belief in painting is that everyone can paint if just given the chance and the knowledge to succeed. This is the one thing that Rick hopes to accomplish while teaching any of his workshops and hopes that his students can go away with a feeling of accomplishment and be proud of their painting.