Rick Mittelstedt has been creating artwork for over 40 years. His first efforts at drawing caught the attention of his 5th grade teacher who thought it was inappropriate for him to create nude sketches. That trip to the principal's office only inspired him to continue to draw and sketch...but his next efforts were clothed comic book superheroes.
His artwork helped pay his way through college, completing Bachelor of Science Degrees in Physics and Geology; Masters Degrees in Space Science and advanced studies in Semitic Languages.
His work experience as a geophysical analyst traveling throughout the southwestern United States and his work at NASA during the first Space Shuttle flights inspired his early oil paintings. Over a 1000 of his art pieces hang in private, personal collections, as well as, private corporations and public agencies throughout the United States and around the world.
Fifteen years ago while exploring the ancient archaeological ruins in Egypt, Israel, Jordan, and Lebanon, his artistic efforts began to merge with his education and his creative artwork began to take on a voice of inspirational fantasy. His new work on the Genesis Project is an expression of that voice.
Rick Mittelstedt creates his artwork in association with a group of other artists affliated with Mountaintop Vision Studios. He lives in an off -the- grid, self -sustainable home he built with his own hands [with alot of help from his family and close friends] . His studio is located high in the Rocky Mountains where he lives with his family, four blue heelers, and assortment of friends like bears, elk, deer, chipmunks, blue jays, and bobcats.