Richard (Rick) Cline has a deep respect for nature and the land we live in. He grew up in Glenboro Manitoba, hiking, camping and hunting in the Spruce Woods area. As a child he was inspired by his mother’s artistic talents. Art started with drawing cartoons which changed to realistic drawings entered in local town fairs.
Rick worked as a Conservation Officer for over thirty years in many areas of Manitoba including Riverton, Lynn Lake, Gillam and Virden. This provided Rick with an understanding of Manitoba’s wilderness and ecosystems. He currently lives with his wife Heather near Seven Sisters Falls. Rick’s interest in art in his retirement has developed and evolved to his current style of classical realism. Besides his mother, Rick’s inspiration to create has come from the likes of Canadian wildlife artists Robert Bateman, Terry Isaac, as well as renaissance master artists like Rembrandt and da Vinci.
Rick enjoys art that shows a natural realistic image of the work being created. Through his art, he hopes to demonstrate to others the unique beauty of nature that he has been fortunate to experience and hold dear. Rick’s attention to details, respect, and love of the natural world is displayed in each of his paintings.
Recently involved in the 2017 Eastman Judged Art Show, Rick placed first and third with two oil paintings of local birds, both of which were sold at the show. He also received an honourable mention award for a portrait of his granddaughter. Since retirement he has completed many paintings for family, fundraisers, and commissions for people who appreciate his style and request a specific painting.