Rick Hamilton
South Portland, Maine

Richard Hamilton began painting 15 years ago when he noticed a young neighbor painting outdoors. It looked like such fun, so he purchased his first materials and has been hooked ever since. Inspiration often strikes during conversation or listening to the radio. “Someone may say a certain phrase or lyric and in my head I will say ‘That sounds like a painting!’” Richard paints to make connections with people, and loves to hear how his work makes others feel. He fondly remembers one collector remark that, out of the 400 artworks in his collection, his piece sparked the most conversation.

Artist and Customer Comments

Rick Hamilton 5/27/2017 | 7:06 PM

Thank you for your comments! I really appreciate it. The reason I paint on wood is because I'm very physical on my paintings. I scrape and sand the surface. Each piece can have up to 10 or more layers of paint on it. It all started a couple of years ago when I had a painting that I didn't like. I asked my kids to take it outside and scrape it on the sidewalk to try to get rid of the image. I really liked the effect. So now I use sanders, scrapers, heat guns, and improvised tools to manipulate the surface. It's a lot of fun and very loud. Thanks.

commentsBirds on the Rocks
J Campbell 5/27/2017 | 4:52 PM

Hello Rick, The first place I look is at your art work! I'm so drawn to it, love your style & uniqueness!!! I can't get enough. I have a question for you....why have you chosen wood to paint on? I've never tried it and wondered what your reason are. Thanks so much for putting a huge smile on my face every time!

commentsBirds on the Rocks
J Campbell 5/27/2017 | 4:48 PM

Hi Rick,

Rick Hamilton 12/27/2016 | 6:08 AM

Oh thank you for such nice words! I'm glad you and your family are enjoying it. Your note really inspires me to make more art. I'm actually about to go to my studio right now! Thanks again!!

commentsDance Contest, Havana, 10pm
M Nicholes 12/26/2016 | 7:33 PM

I was lucky enough to receive Dance Contest Havana, 3AM for Christmas. I am so excited!! I have looked your art work up so frequently over the last year I felt I knew it intimately and when I opened it -- It was better than I expected. It makes me giggle and it just simply brings me joy. Joy - the greatest gift. Thank you for creating this piece. It will forever be happiness for me, my husband and the kids love it too!

commentsDance Contest, Havana, 10pm
M Nicholes 12/26/2016 | 7:28 PM

Dear Rick,

Rick Hamilton 9/3/2015 | 5:26 AM

Oh thank you! I'm glad it's found a good home. I had fun painting that one.

commentsAt Your Service
C Linehan purchased this artwork. 9/2/2015 | 7:30 PM

This piece is perfect for our foodie family. It's humorous and a great conversation piece.

Rick Hamilton 5/31/2015 | 7:48 PM

At Your Service. I use the crown in many paintings to symbolize a king. Maybe this server used to be a king?Is this a sign of humility for a past king?Or does he just see himself as a king?

What if Someone Truly Believed in You.

Acrylic painting on wood
Signed on front

48" h x 30" w x 1.75" d
11 lbs. 0 oz.


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The inspiration for this piece came as a reminder to myself that when my kids say they want to be jugglers in the circus, my answer is - go for it!

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Acrylic painting

Acrylic paint was made commercially available in the 1950’s. Acrylic is a fast drying paint that can be diluted with water, but becomes water-resistant when dry. Acrylics can be applied in thin layers and washes to resemble watercolor paints, or they can be applied in thick layers, built up for texture. The main difference between oil and acrylic paint is the drying time. Oil dries slowly, allowing more time to blend colors and apply glazes. Artists who use acrylic paints typically work faster than those who use oils. Additionally, acrylics offer more versatility and are often used for mixed media work. Artists can mix different materials into the paint, such as sand or rice. They can also apply other media on top of the dried acrylic, such as pastel or pen.


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