Cowboy Artists of America


R. S. Riddick

Tucson, Arizona


R.S. Riddick has been painting the beauty, color and strength of the Western experience for more than 20 years. From a very early age he demonstrated creative skills and was encouraged by teachers and his parents to study art.

Riddick, who grew up in Los Angeles, is a classically trained artist who studied at Chounaird Institute and the Art Center College of Design. After a career as an art director and owner of a graphics business, he began painting professionally. He credits his studies with Russian painter Sergei Bongart, as teaching him to "paint from life." But it was his childhood experiences on his uncle's Northern Arizona ranch that built his love for the animals and people who create the West.

"It is my goal to capture the poetry of the West and the scenes that evoke the memories of the way things were and still are today," Riddick explains. "By recording the story of the Western experience, I can positively touch people's lives."

Riddick was elected into the Cowboy Artists of America in 1997. He has won numerous awards and honors including Artist of the Year Fiesta De Los Vaqueros in l99l and United States Olympic Equestrian Team Artist of the Year in 1993. He is an original member of the Oil Painters of America and recently became a member of the California Art Club. Riddick and his wife, Nataiie, live In Tucson, Ariz. where they raise and breed Arabian horses, a favorite subject of many of his works.

For further biographical information on selected artists cited above please see America's Distinguished Artists, a national registry of historic artists.

rev. 11/20/10

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