The following was submitted by the artist:
I was born into the creative Don and Iris Ricks family July 15, 1958 in Rexburg, Idaho. With a professionally accomplished artist as a father and a mother with a beautifully trained soprano voice, I suppose it was more than mere coincidence to eventually find my own creative direction. It didn't take long for me to discover I also had a creative knack. By first grade, I knew I would be a successful artist someday and quickly began to impress my peers with some early drawings.
My intense art training began at the age of ten years old when my father organized a national outdoor
painting art school, called Painting Vacations. Though very young, I listened intently