Profoundly influenced by traditional representational master artists from history, turn of the century epic painters like Spain’s Sorolla, Russia’s Repin and Serov, Sweden’s Zorn, Italy’s Mancini and America’s Sargent have left a deep and enduring impression on the work of R.S. Riddick. From his earliest familial encouragement, Ron has been attracted to narrative and classical aesthetic quality, where the legacy of established artistic disciplines blend with personal style and original technique.
Fortunate to have studied at the renowned art center college of design in California, then with Russian master colorist Sergei Bongart, Ron has set a path of growing and learning throughout the course of his varied artistic career which has spanned over 45 years. He is a respected teacher and painting instructor, master printmaker, who has taught privately and at numerous academic art institutions.
He has an extensive list of national organization memberships, as an original founding member of plein aire painters of California, one of the original signature members of Oil Painters of America, the National Portrait Institute, Artists of America of Denver, Colorado, National Academy of Western art, Prix de West, California Arts Club and Cowboy Artists of America. His work is sought after by national and international collections, museums and private patrons, receiving numerous honors, awards and accolades recognizing his artistic achievements. Ron’s wife, creative life partner and best friend, Natalie shares their dynamic and energetic journey working and participating in creative artistic endeavors and philanthropic pursuits. His works of art are available through R.S. Riddick Studio, Tucson Arizona, select invitational shows and by private commission.
Daily life for Plains Indian women was centered in their village around family, children, daily chores, food, and craft. As nomadic hunter gatherer people, the responsibility of family tipi set up, contents and furnishings, as well as child care belonged to the woman. From fire wood, food gather, water and cooking, the everyday tasks were traditionally taught.
Since water was usually near village encampments, their walks to and from the gather allowed rare quiet time of reflection, moments to consider their own private thoughts. Caressed by the halo light of a prairie day, this young Lakota maiden embraces her thoughtful dreams.