Scottsdale, AZ
Jackson, WY
Bozeman, MT

R.S. Riddick

As a child, Ron spent time at his uncle’s ranches. He loved Roy Rogers and western movies. These times are what drew him to the Southwest and led him to paint the cowboy and Indian cultures. Ron studied extensively at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles and then worked as a commercial artist. His life changed when he enrolled in a painting class by Sergei Bongart, who freed him to paint for himself instead of clients and to strive for art that is emotional and touches the soul.

Ron moved to Arizona in1979, being inspired by the brilliant light, colorful historic cultures and the old-fashioned Western traditions. He has one studio for teaching, an important part of his life, and another for himself. His wife, Natalie, handles the business affairs of his career. With plein air easel, he frequently attends roundups. He believes art should reflect life, which is a rich composite.

He became a member of The Cowboys of America in 1997. In 2000, Riddick won the Frederic Remington Award at the Prix de West, Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, for his painting of two Lakota Sioux sisters, “Lakota Water Maidens.” Riddick was awarded a gold medal for his gouache painting, ” Prairie Storm Coming” at the 37th Annual (2002) Cowboy Artists of America Sale and Exhibition at the Phoenix Art Museum, and has won many more awards since.  He won 6 awards at the 2014 Cowboys of America show including Best of Show, the CAA Stetson award, and the Ray Swanson Memorial award.


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