Rick Garcia is an award winning Santa Barbara based artist who works in oils on both canvas and board. He received his undergrad degree from UC Berkeley and followed it up with formal training in biological illustration at California College of Arts and crafts in Oakland, California.
Born in 1953, he spent his early years soaking up the beauty of the back country near his grandparents’ ranch in Sebastapol California. The vision of these undeveloped vistas have remained strong throughout the years and continues to be an important influence in his work to date. Relying on his love of nature, his interest in the California Plein Air movement as well as his commercial training in realism he has created a blend that is his own unique vision. Rick had been working as a nationally renowned illustrator and designer for a wide variety of clients until 2000 when he started pursuing his personal artistic interests. Maynard Dixon, Ray Strong, Thomas Hart Benton, Bjorn Rye, Russell Chatham and Joseph Raphael are among the many artists he has studied and admired.
His work can be found at many fine galleries throughout California including The Waterhouse gallery in Santa Barbara, California and Young’s Gallery in Los Olivos.