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Dan Rickards has completed over 60 amazing landscape and wildlife paintings. Most often he uses acrylics and paints with a fine, realistic style, "loose, with a small brush," with stunning detail in the area of focus. His love and concern for the environment paves an easy path of enthusiasm towards a finished painting.

 

 "Making people see and feel what I understand and remember," says Rickards, "is part of the challenge of each new piece." He has succeeded in the difficult task of balancing his impressions and design with his clients` ideas. It`s crucial to Dan that his paintings "tell a story," and in some way keep our memories alive. 

 

Dan is the recipient of many honors and awards. More recently he was selected by the Mule Deer Foundation as their 2004 artist of the year. Previously both the California Ducks Unlimited and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation chose Dan as a featured artist. Dan is especially grateful to his high school art teacher, his parents, and wife, Julia, for their positive and ongoing support. Dan and Julia are the owners of Clearwater Gallery and the Open Door Wine Bar where they work alongside family to create a warm, inviting atmosphere through the brilliant mixture of wine, food and art.