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November 6, 2012

Rick Fry: An artist in transition

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As the years have gone by and Rick has had the time to process just what painting means to him, reevaluating his priorities and placing his art in the proper perspective for him at this stage in life. He has learned through partaking in the rigorous commotion of setting up shows, promoting and talking to person after person perusing by numerous times who may or may not buy a piece of his work, did not allow him to fulfill his dream. He was painting for a market that required always asking what people were looking for, not just paint what was in his mind’s eye, his soul, his dreams. He was spending more time thinking about what sold and what he needed to do to sell then painting the landscapes that fed his spirit. As one ages it becomes more important to have a keen awareness of the most imperative dreams and goals of your life. There is a lot of sacrifice that can sideline us from reaching those dreams to accomplish others.

Rick has lived this. As a result he has opted to paint as a passion, yet pursue a new career as a counselor at his church to support this artistic outlet. This will allow him to pursue his heart’s vision to paint the ideal landscape and eradicate the worry of having to sell to make a living. Selling his supplies was a symbolic act of making the transition. Buying them back was an act of honesty in placing his love for art where it needs to be. He was never going to give it up; always a part of who he is and who he will always be. For that I will always be grateful. I am one of those who have looked at his work and admired it, but have yet to buy. Now I don’t have to feel so guilty. It was part of the plan.

Architect David L. Boeck can be reached at dlb@ou.edu.

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