Toucan

“Toucan”

colored pencil

13.25” x 16.25” (framed dimensions)

“Toucan” is one of my earlier colored pencil pieces.  I let it sit for months because I could not get it to a point where I was satisfied with it.  Once I picked it up again I found that adding details really gave it the spark that had been missing and it is now among my favorites.  There was a period when I was going to tear it up and move on, so it serves as a reminder to me to be patient and stay committed.

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

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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.

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