oil on canvas

16” x 20” (professionally framed)

Finding a luna moth when we were kids was always an exciting event.  We were accustomed to seeing the usual array of butterflies but a luna certainly did not fit into that category.  Not only were their colorings extraordinary, they were like Goliath.  I cannot look at this painting without feeling some of that wonder and awe at how amazing they are.  We would usually find them on the side of a building, typically something with a rough texture.  They would hang motionless, as if dead. 

I textured this canvas with thick applications of oil paint and let it dry for a good six months or more.  The rusted, weathered coloring of the background fell into place quickly but the moth was another story.  This is my favorite oil painting (so far).

This original piece is available and, as always, feedback is appreciated.

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Rick Hooper

About Rick Hooper

My journey began in the rural South where the woods served as my playground and my imagination was my best friend.  Some would call me a “late bloomer” since I did not take up art until I was approaching the end of my military career.  Sometimes it seems that art has chosen me and I can’t separate it from the other aspects of my life, not that there is any reason to try.

I am an experimenter and truly believe this to be the best way to advance.  Some ideas work and some do not.  The trick is learning to enjoy the successes and not be stonewalled by the ugly ducklings.  Art is an experiment.  It is an adventure.  It is a fascinating journey.

I learned how to do custom framing while in the Marines and enjoyed it so much that it became a sideline business.  After framing cool artwork for others, I thought it might be fun to try and do my own.  And that was that.  After retiring I had a gallery and custom frame shop but found that running a business single-handedly left precious little time for creating.  I am now a full-time artist and part-time framer and I have found this to be much more enjoyable.  Framing truly is an art unto itself and I put as much care into the packaging as I do the product.