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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.

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    About The Artist

    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 Statement

    My art is a reflection of what I’m feeling, or thinking, at any given time.
    The images for my paintings start from an idea that comes to mind or a phase that I might hear (I don’t use models or photographs as inspiration). 
    From there, the painting organically develops into an abstract or figurative canvas.

    Each painting will have multiple layers of paint. This layering of color and imagery changes and evolves, helping to advance my original concept.  


    I want my art to inspire joyful conversations and thoughtful questions.

    Hear What Collectors Say About Rick's Work

    Rick Hamilton 8/7/2019 | 1:06 PM

    Thank you KIKI!! I really appreciate the comment!

    Rick Hamilton 8/7/2019 | 1:04 PM

    You may be crazy. I don’t know about that but you are right about the legs! Just 3.

    commentsGuardian Angel
    K Alexander purchased this artwork. 8/3/2019 | 10:46 PM

    I now have two of Rick Hamilton's pieces and he is a genius; love finding his hidden kitties! His work is so very interesting......highly recommend.......KIKI

    commentsWe'll Do It Our Way
    K Alexander 4/1/2019 | 11:59 AM

    Call me crazy...does the bull have three legs?

    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 artwork 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?

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