Marty Ricks up in Southeastern Idaho, surrounded by rivers, mountains, and artists. His father Don Ricks, and all three of my brothers, were professional artists. In his late thirties Ricks met the Russian artist Sergei Bongart at an art demonstration in Idaho Falls. He and Sergei became partners and established a summer art workshop program in Southeastern Idaho. Ricks loved Idaho because his pioneer ancestors had settled there and Sergei loved Idaho because it reminded him of his beloved Kiev.
In 2010 Ricks spent six weeks exploring his family’s artistic roots in Russia, going to art museums in Kiev and St. Petersburg. Expecting to find interesting landscape subjects for his paintings, Ricks found himself moved instead by the people of Ukraine and St. Petersburg. “This left me with somewhat of an artistic quandary because I am a landscape painter and not qualified to paint what my heart was asking for.”
Ricks deep love of the landscapes of the West as well as his admiration for the art and people of the Ukraine are reflected in his luminous paintings.