ARTIST'S STATEMENT

Creating is an addiction. With all the highs and lows you would expect.

I am interested in the surface textures and creating paintings that portray them in realistic detail. Hopefully a viewer will feel they can run a hand over the feathers and moss, or grasp an object in the painting.

This detail is usually composed in an abstract design. The design can occur naturally or be arranged by me.

The subjects of my paintings are usually based on the patterns and textures of nature and human interaction with nature. I have found subjects to paint in remote wilderness areas of the world, local parking lots, and my own backyard.

EDUCATION

Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Pearson Art Scholarship

COMMISSIONS AND COLLECTIONS

Alliance for the Great Lakes, Chicago, IL
Ameritech, Detroit, MI
Charles S. Mott Foundation, Flint, MI
General Motors Corporation, Detroit, MI
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI
Potter Park Zoological Society, Lansing, MI

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

"Rick Pas From moths to modern-day life." Southwest Art, January 2016
"Interpreting nature." American Art Collector, September 2015
"Abuzz About Bugs." The Artist's Magazine, July/August, 2015
The Lusitania Conspiracy, Walters Media LLC, Traverse City, MI, 2015 (cover illustrator)
"Layer Upon Layer." The Artist's Magazine, July/August, 2011
"Rick Pas: Touchable Texture." Acrylicartist, Fall, 2010
"Competition Spotlight." The Artist's Magazine, April, 2009
"Holland show features art inspired by nature." The Grand Rapids Press, July 27, 2008
"Don't Miss 'Natural Eye' exhibit at HAAC." The Holland Sentinel, June 12, 2008
"Softening the definition of landscapes." American Art Collector, May 2008
"Nature is in the Details." The Artist's Magazine, October, 2007
"Nature's Surfaces and Textures." Whisper in the Woods, Summer, 2007
"Arizona Best of the West-Animal Art." Southwest Art, May 2007
"Cover Competition Finalists." American Artist Watercolor, Spring, 2007
Pintores de la Naturleza, SEO/Birdlife, Madrid, 1997 (illustrator)
"A Dark, Dark Day Indeed." Audubon, March, 1988 (illustrator)
"Wildlife Artist of the Year." Michigan Out of Doors, December 1987 (article & cover illustrator)
"Music in the Men's Room." Audubon, July, 1985 (illustrator)
"Bird Art Takes Wing at Wausau." Milwaukee Journal, September 11, 1983
"Wildlife Artist of the Year." Michigan Out of Doors, December 1982 (article & cover illustrator)

AWARDS

Art Renewal Center Salon 2015-2016, Honorable Mention - Animal category
Art Renewal Center Salon 2014-2015, Third Place - Animal category
The Artist's Magazine Art Competition Finalist, 2006-2010, 2014
Art Renewal Center Salon 2012-2013, Honorable Mention - Animal category
Society of Animal Artists Patricia A. Bott Award for Creative Excellence 2011
Art Renewal Center Salon 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2012-2013, 2014-2015 Finalist
Society of Animal Artists Award of Excellence 2010
Art Renewal Center Salon 2009-2010, Second Place - Animal category
American Artist Cover Competition Finalist, 2007
Fraser Gallery, Georgetown International Honorable Mention, 2003
Arts for the Parks Region III Award, 1992
Indiana Migratory Bird Stamp Design, 1985
Michigan United Conservation Clubs' Wildlife Artist of the Year, 1982,1987

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2017

William Baczek Fine Arts, Northampton, MA, Animal Kingdom
William Baczek Fine Arts, Winter
Lovetts Gallery, Tulsa, OK, Red

2016

William Baczek Fine Arts, 20th Anniversary Exhibition
William Baczek Fine Arts, Summer
William Baczek Fine Arts, Landscape Exhibition
Monroe Community Church, Grand Rapids, MI, ArtPrize
Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago, IL,  Group Exhibition
Lovetts Gallery, Cauldron

2015

William Baczek Fine Arts, Landscape Exhibition
William Baczek Fine Arts, Summer Part 1
JW Marriott, Grand Rapids, MI, ArtPrize
Handwright Gallery, New Canaan, CT, Small Works
Ann Brierly Gallery, Winnetka, IL, Ann Nathan Gallery Satellite Exhibition
RJD Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY, A Magical Menagerie

2014

William Baczek Fine Arts, Spring
William Baczek Fine Arts, Landscape Exhibition

2013

Canton Museum of Art, Canton, OH, Environmental Impact
(Exhibition national tour locations include:
The R.W. Norton Art Gallery, Shreveport, LA
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, MI
Roger Tory Peterson Institute, Jamestown, NY
Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA
Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, VA
Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, SC
The Art Museum, SUNY Potsdam, Potsdam, NY
Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, LA
Stauth Memorial Museum, Montezuma, KS
Saint Mary's College Museum of Art, Moraga, CA)
Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, MI, Interspecies

2012

Alden B. Dow Museum of Science & Art, Midland, MI, The Nature of Art: An Invitational Exhibition
William Baczek Fine Arts,  Landscape Exhibition
Ann Nathan Gallery, Group Exhibition
Twisted Fish Gallery, Elk Rapids, MI, A Natural Selection

2011

William Baczek Fine Arts, Summer Exhibition
Dennos Museum Center, Traverse City, MI, Art and the Animal
Gallery Project, Extremes
Gallery Project, Umvelt

2010

William Baczek Fine Arts,  Landscape Exhibition
William Baczek Fine Arts, Summer Group Exhibition

Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey, MI, Juried Fine Arts Exhibition
San Diego Natural History Museum, San Diego, CA, Art and the Animal

2009

West Michigan Center for Arts & Technology, Grand Rapids, MI, ArtPrize
William Baczek Fine Arts, Landscape Exhibition
Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Birmingham, MI, Michigan Fine Arts Competition
Gallery Project, Shrines and Altars
Ann Nathan Gallery,  Fall Group Exhibition

2008

William Baczek Fine Arts, Landscape Exhibition
William Baczek Fine Arts, Summer Group Exhibition
Gallery Project, Animal Intelligence
Holland Area Arts Council, Holland, MI, The Natural Eye
Neville Public Museum, Green Bay, WI, Art and the Animal

2007

William Baczek Fine Arts, Landscape Exhibition
William Baczek Fine Arts, Summer Group Exhibition

2006

WARD Gallery, Harbor Springs, MI, New Dimensions in the Natural World
Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, VT, Art and the Animal
Gallery Project, Nature Reperceived

2005

Light Street Gallery, Baltimore, MD, Animal House
Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, VT, Art of the Animal Kingdom
The Wildlife Experience, Parker, CO, AMERICAN BIRDS: A Flight Through Time
WARD Gallery, Summer Celebration

2004

Fraser Gallery, Washington, DC, Contemporary Realism
Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, Oradell, NJ, Art and the Animal
Washington Street Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI, Fifth Year Celebration

2003

Fraser Gallery, Georgetown International

2001

Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, IA, 57th Juried Exhibition
Wild Wings, Lake City, MN, Fall Festival

2000

Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Birds in Art (Also 1983-85, 1987, 1992, 1994)
(Exhibition national tour locations included:
Sordoni Art Gallery, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA
Ella Carothers Dunnegan Gallery of Art, Bolivar, MO
John L. Wehle Gallery of Wildlife and Sporting Art, Mumford, NY
Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Rochester Museum, Rochester, NY
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, IL
Springfield Museum, Springfield, MA
San Bernadino County Museum, Redlands, CA
California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, CA
University of Alaska Museum, Fairbanks, AK
Anchorage Fine Arts Museum, Anchorage, AK
Explorers Hall, National Geographic Society, Washington, DC)
Center for the Visual Arts, Wausau, WI, Midwest Winter
Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown, NY, National 2000

1993

Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wildlife: the Artist's View (Also 1990)
(Exhibition national tour locations included:
New Mexico Museum of Natural History, Albuquerque, NM
R.W. Norton Art Gallery, Shreveport, LA
Center for the Arts, Vero Beach, FL
Rochester Museum, Rochester, NY
Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, MI
R.W. Norton Art Gallery, Shreveport, LA
The High Desert Museum, Bend, OR)

1992

National Park Academy of the Arts, Jackson Hole, WY, Arts for the Parks (Also 1990)

1989

College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL, Birds in Art

1979

Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, MI, Flint Area Exhibition