Thursday, July 12, 2012

Vic Ritchey

Vic Ritchey

 “My pet series deals with the plight of animals being held captive, bringing attention to puppy mills and animal abuse. I want to evoke an emotional response from the viewer and to take on the struggle as a voice to those who have none.” - Vic
Help Release Me II © Vic Ritchey

Here is Vic's complete bio, taken from his website:

Vic was born and raised in South-Central Pennsylvania in a small village near the city of Altoona. Being creative all his life, he grew up interested in art, constantly drawing various characters and cutting them out and putting them in a shoebox to play with later. He created a comic strip while he was still in grade school and received his first “commission” from his grandfather, creating a watercolor of Dunning Mountain in Pennsylvania.

He started doing portraits in pastel and graphite while in high school of his family and friends. Voted “Most Artistic” in his high school yearbook, Vic painted an acrylic mountainside scene, “Desert Splendor”, which hung in the school’s gallery showcase. It was his art teacher that pointed him to the Art Institute of Pittsburgh where he studied Commercial Art. This was just the beginning of his life-long love for art.

After a few semesters in college, Vic decided to go into the U.S. Navy where he was a crew member aboard the USS Moosebrugger (DD980). This was one of his best experiences, traveling around the world and experiencing different cultures. Stationed in Charleston, South Carolina for four years, he returned to Pennsylvania after the service only remaining there for several years before moving to Virginia, outside of Washington D.C. where he worked as a Graphic Artist for various non-profits. Although, an exciting place to live, his direction was to pursue other opportunities. Briefly living in Ohio, he eventually found his home in Boonton, New Jersey outside one of the greatest Art capitals in the world, New York City. He currently works as a Web Designer while painting during his spare time.

 Largely a self-taught artist, Vic received his degree in Fine Art, studying in the Visual Art curriculum at the County College of Morris in Randolph, New Jersey. He studied painting under Todd Doney specializing in oil painting and mentored by Keith Smith, Dean of Liberal Arts.

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