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ABOUT RICK DELANTY:
“My body of work is about the revelation of the divine power of God’s creation in nature. It is my hope that those who connect with my work will be uplifted, to reflect on the original works of God that surround us.”
Rick has been creating artwork in the studio and on location for over three decades. Born of Irish-Germanic parents in northern California in 1951, Rick has learned to appreciate his rural surroundings at a young age, through hiking the hills and running with his school’s cross-country teams. He turned that appreciation of nature into paintings and drawings, and carried that into high school art classes, then into university training as he pursued degrees in English Literature and Studio Art at UC Santa Barbara, and also earned his teaching credentials there.
Rick J. Delanty came to San Clemente, California in 1974 as an arts instructor at the city’s high school, where he taught drawing and painting for 32 years. Rick saw many of his students enter careers in the arts.
Rick is Co-Chairman of the Orange County Chapter of the California Art Club, and holds signature membership in the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association and International Society of Acrylic Painters.
RICK DELANTY’S WORK:
Upon retiring from teaching in 2006, Rick became a full-time painter of landscapes and seascapes throughout the United States, in a style that he terms “expressionistic realism;” an exuberant calligraphy of color and brushstroke which conveys emotion and movement within a realistic setting. Among Rick's influences he counts the works of Monet, Winslow Homer, Van Gogh, James Whistler, and contemporary landscape painters April Gornik and Neil Welliver.
Rick’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries across the nation, and has been included in invitational plein air events across the West. Rick has received several awards, both at the regional and national level, including Best of Show at the International Society of Acrylic Painters online exhibition and Best of Show at the Borrego Plein Air Invitational, the Peterson Award at the annual exhibition of the National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic, and both the Boseker and Surfrider awards at the Laguna Plein Air Invitational at the Laguna Art Museum.
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