If You Paint By Someone Else’s Rules…

Rick’s first art book, “If You Paint By Someone Else’s Rules…” was self-published in July and is currently on sale on this website and at Granada Books and Chaucer’s Books in Santa Barbara, CA.  More books will follow.

John Hitchcock comic mysteries

Rick has had three (!) comic mysteries self-published this summer.  They feature the politically acerbic comic detective John Hitchcock – imagine Jon Stewart as a private eye.  The books, “Mona Lisa Runs a Marathon”, “The Curse of the Gray Parrot”, and “Who Killed Santa Claus” are part of an 11 part series of comic mysteries.  More books in the series are due to be published next year.

ArtPrize 2013

Rick will have his painting “Filled with Desire” in ArtPrize, perhaps the largest art exhibition in the country feturing hundreds of artists at dozens of venues, held in Grand Rapids, MI, from September 15th through October 3rd, 2013.  The work will be on display at Pub 43, 43 Division Ave S, in the heart of downtown.


During the exhibit “Free Spirit” at Gallery 855 in Carpinteria, an unframed piece “Unrecorded” was sold.

The book “If You Paint By Someone Else’s Rules…” has also been selling at exhibits throughout Santa Barbara.

A reminder:
T-shirts with sayings, books, paintings are all for sale.  Contact Rick at RKDOEHRING@GMAIL.COM.


On May 30th, 2013, I held a private viewing of 25 of my paintings at Gallery 113 on State Street in Santa Barbara.  Over 80 people enjoyed my art, the music of Robert Brown and his band, and fine wines from Carr’s and other local vineyards.  The consensus seemed to be that the paintings “Filled with Desire”, “The Weight of Mercy”, and “White Line” were the most popular works.

Attendees included gallery owner Jane Deering, abstract artists Francis Scorzelli, Maria Scott, Beth Schmorr, and many others.  Many thanks needs to be said to my partner Cindy Mayer who helped arrange and host the exhibit. A very fine time was had by all, and we look forward to the next major show in February of 2014, if not sooner.

Unfortunately no photos were taken at this event!  Perhaps some will turn up.  If you took any, please email them to me.  Thanks!

Interesting notes:

As of 6-6-13, I have had:
73 paintings on display in
33 separate venues/exhibitions.
My work is on display in Michigan, Washington D.C., and California.

Music Academy of the West fundraiser

I have donated a painting to the “May Madness” fundraiser for the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara to be held Saturday, May 4, from 9 to 3 pm.


Comments on my January and February show focused on the boldness of the colors and the strength of the energy released in the paintings.

Three paintings now hang out of state, one in Michigan, “We Only See Parts of the Universe”, and two in Washington, D.C., “Blues” and “Free At Last”.  I also have three paintings hanging in the offices at Lynda.com in Carpinteria.

I have submitted three paintings, including “North Korea, South Korea”, to the “Confluence” Exhibit at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art.  The show will run from May 16 to June 22.

I have submitted five paintings, including “Transformations in the Texture of God’s Skin”, to the Los Angeles Art Association’s “Out There” Exhibit to be held June 7 to June 14 at Gallery 825 in West Hollywood.

I will be submitting paintings in two juried shows in May, one sponsored by the Abstract Art Collective at the Bronfman Jewish Community Center, and the second show is sponsored by the Santa Barbara Art Association at the Meisel Gallery.  Both shows are in Santa Barbara and will run throughout the summer.  Updates to follow soon.

T-shirts available

Some of my slogans are now available on t-shirts, including “Choose a color and release energy.”; “Define space.  Destroy space.  Redefine space.  That’s it.”;  “I have no trouble with you telling me to color inside the lines.  I just don’t draw lines.”; “Breathe with the world, not against it.”;  and “Abstract art is jazz music you don’t hear.”  Contact me if you want one.  You’ll get it at cost.

SB News-Press Scene Magazine, Jan. 25, 2013

I was fortunate enough to be featured in a photograph in Santa Barbara’s NewsPress on Friday, January 25, 2013, in a story about the local artistic community.  The painting I am holding is “Fukushima, Nagasaki, Hiroshima”, which was awarded an “Honorable Mention” in the Carpinteria Valley Arts Council’s “Space” Exhibition, which runs through the middle of March, 2013, at Gallery 855 on Linden Street in Carpinteria.

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Abstract Art Collective poster

I am very fortunate to have my painting “Acrobat” featured on the poster for the Abstract Art Collective’s show “Independent Studies” on display through February at the UCSB Faculty Club.

CASA magazine review

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Three of my paintings appeared in the September 21, 2012 issue of Casa Magazine, in the context of having been awarded First Prize in the Santa Barbara Sculptures Guild September show. The jurist, Assistant Curator of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Dr Jessica Ambler, described the entire show –
I was absolutely amazed by the breadth and scope of works that were represented, making the decision process incredibly difficult. I tried to take into account not only the process behind each work, but also the message it was conveying to the viewer, and the place it occupies within the broader context of contemporary art.

Recent Press

Photos of my work have appeared in the banner of the Santa Barbara Sculptures Guild website since September, 2012.

Photos of my work appear online at the Carpinteria Valley Artist Council’s website during the months of November-December, 2012.