More about the artist: "Mom's Lemonade-Stand"
Seldom without pencil, crayons or paints. RC spent his childhood drawing and painting cartoon characters and making funnies. At the early age of five years old he had mastered Pixie & Dixie, Rough & Ready, the Flintstones characters and a slue of others in oils on tee shirts. As the years passed he began selling them to the neighbor kids. RC says being raised by a single parent, we didn't have allot of things but we did have allot of love and hope. I recall very well from my early years on; "Mom always took the stand that if all you're dealt are lemons, you'd better be selling lemonade!" "Well drawing and cartooning was all there was back then, so I sold allot of that lemonade!" RC still enjoys cartooning and keeps that sense of humor capturing the moment of facial expression in many of his paintings this day!
In 1971 although fascinated with works of Dali and surrealistic art, RC thrived for the westerns and graduated from high school with honors as The Most Promised Art Student. Soon after graduation, at 19 years old, while taking a four year Sheet Metal Apprenticeship and being married with children; he began moon-lighting to make some extra money painting cars and motorcycles in the evenings after his real job. In 1975 he completed his craft training and became a highly skilled Journeyman Sheet Metal Worker by day, Body-Man by night! But throughout 1971-1977 era he wasn't just painting vehicles at night, he was doing superb graphics and custom design work with his air brush working on race cars and show bikes. From 1977-1985 those artistic cravings and interests grew into the commercial arts and design and he and wife Linda, who was working as a printer and graphic layout artist at the time, started their own business in 1977, Jones Art Distributors and began working into the fine arts. By 1987 he was working on his oil paintings exclusively.
From 2006-2007 out growing his 9' x 12' studio, RC designed and built the West of Center Studio and Gifts building, an art gallery of original art and select gifts, which is a work of art in its' self. It's design represents the 1800's era which is a period and time that he loves to paint.
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