Rick Short is an Illustrator and Software Developer specializing in Fine Art painting, Digital 3D Art and Photography. Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, Rick spent his childhood years teaching himself to paint and create wood frames in his family's tool shed. Rick began drawing when he was 9 years old and started painting when he was 13. His paintings have been shown in galleries in his native home of Richmond, Virginia and across the state of Florida from St. Augustine to Fort Lauderdale. Rick has won first and second place awards in juried art shows for his paintings and photography.
Rick earned a double major in Marketing and Information Systems from Virginia Commonwealth University's school of business and used his art skills to create fine art paintings for his classes including commission work for some of his college professors. Rick has worked as a Software Developer, Graphic Designer, Instructional Designer and QA Engineer for large fortune 500 companies such as Kemper National Services, Walt Disney World and small web startup companies.
I have always been fascinated with the ability to draw and create artwork since I was a child. I can best be described as a Technical Artist / Illustrator and love to learn new technologies but also love to get out a canvas and paint with oils and acrylics. No matter how exciting technology becomes, there is still something special about painting on a canvas or poster board and being able to create layers of texture with paint and create mood with lighting.
We all tend to paint what fascinates us and for me, the ocean and sea was my first real love. I found a fascination for wildlife, birds and animals as a teenager and enjoy bringing out their personalities and character in a painting just like one would see in a portrait of a person. Having had dogs, cats and birds as pets, you see so much personality and playfullness in them that I want to capture on paper and canvas to show their unique character as I paint their likeness.
Lastly, I try to always instill a sense of emotion in my work whether it be fun, fear or a sense of calm using lighting and color. I try to show my sense of humor in creating childrens art to give the gift of laughter and joy along with good childhood memories. I love color, texture and lighting and try to show a mix of realism and impressionism in my paintings and 3D illustrations. I hope you enjoy what you see and will visit my gallery and feel home here to visit often. Thanks for stopping by and be sure to stop in and say "Hello" as Uncle Leo from the Television show "Seinfeld" would say.