9.5” x 13.5” (framed dimensions)

A friend suggested the name for this piece because it reminded her of the butterfly.  I cut the squares first and then applied ink to each one individually.  Because the pieces are cut by hand, they are not perfectly square but most people think that adds to the artist value.  It made me a little crazy at first, due to my OCD personality, but it has grown on me.  The simplicity of design and very limited palette make this a striking piece.  My goal is to incorporate framing into the design whenever possible and some pieces are actually developed around framing ideas.  This is a great example of that concept.  It simply would not look right framed any other way.

“Monarch” is professionally presented with a single white mat and glossy black frame.

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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.