Bio: When Russell was nine years old, his father, Don Ricks, founded a national plein air painting school he called, Painting Vacations. Two nationally renowned art instructors, Sergei Bongart, a Russian native and noted Soviet artist (originally from Kiev, Ukraine) and Milford Zornes, a watercolorist from Southern Utah, taught in the school along with Russell's father. The nationally advertised school was in operation for about 15 years, bringing a solid instructional foundation to hundreds of artists, including Russell and his three brothers. Spanning a career of thirty plus years, Ricks' work has been collected throughout the US. Although Ricks had painted an occasional mural mostly for diversion during his gallery years, he began focusing more seriously on mural work in 2001 when he was commissioned to paint his first mural for Novatek International. He has since done 4 more for Novatek and 5 murals for Cabela’s in East Hartford, Connecticut. Throughout his career, Ricks has been represented by established western art galleries in Park City, Sun Valley, Dallas and Jackson Hole.