Hometown: Austin, TX
Visual Arts Category: Mixed Media
So, what is this?
I paint on a wooden panel, then pour epoxy art resin over the painting. After the resin cures, I continue to paint. I then pour another layer of resin, cure it, and paint more. The slick resin allows me to scratch cleanly through the drying paint. I repeat the cycle several times.
Look closely at one of the works. You can see the built-up layers of paint and clear resin resembling fused glass. That's what makes my artwork different. There's a luminous depth with the paint/resin layering technique that allows you to look into the piece, not just at the surface.
Most compositions are mixed media even beyond the epoxy with the integral addition of wax pencil, paper, tape and metallic powders. And yes, I use a ruler and tape when blending color with brushes. I also scrape through dried paint revealing layers below the surface with common household tools I've modified.
I juxtapose bold, opaque colors with more sensitive transparent layers. I work to create a visually powerful emotion for the viewer, hopefully a "I have to take that home!" kind of reaction.
Who is the artist?
I'm Rick Loudermilk, and I graduated in fine art at the University of Louisiana in 1982. I have worked as a full-time painter, printmaker and mixed media artist for 30 years. My artwork has been collected by many individuals and corporations worldwide. Naturally my career has evolved in style, media and subject matter. Now that I'm finally mature, my current work is the finest yet!
Each year I participate in a dozen or more of the best juried art fairs in the country. So whatever show you see me in is the best show in the US this weekend, of course. Joking! Kimball Park City Arts Festival truly is one of the finest shows in the country.