Primarily self-taught, 'Ricia (Ree-shah) made her first artwork sale at the age of twelve - an oil painting of a buckskin colt purchased by a restaurant a mile from her home in Santa Fe, NM. Two years later, she won her first A.C.E.Southwest Regional Competition in Oil Painting, and went on to place second and then another first in the following two years. For several years, 'Ricia accepted commissions for artwork and specialized in equine portraits and wildlife developing her painting technique of "Acrylic Wash" on mat. By 1990, she was living in the Central Coast Regionof California and began competing internationally with her wildlife portraits. This brought offers for commissions from across Europe and the U.S. Although she admits this was flattering, 'Ricia recalls the time as "...mass chaos and total confusion. My living room was buried under piles of photos, sketches and yellow sticky notes. I didn't see the carpet or walls for months. The interior decorating style could have been described as 'modern tornado with a touch of bohemian and a dash of turpentine.' ..." To maintain the quality of her work, she turned down all but a handful of commissions and withdrew from competition. It was soon thereafter she allowed her personal interest in myriad mythologies to enter her artwork and began working in dry media: chalk, charcoal, and colored pencil. Currently located in the Jacksonville, FL area, 'Ricia is looking forward to sharing the creations inspired by her new location and the people she has encountered.
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