Babushka’s Peonies


Giclee - A  Fundraiser for Ukraine.  Marty Ricks, the Artist, has traveled to Ukraine and captured this portrait of a lovely Ukrainian grandmother.  He has kindly invited us to raise funds to help those displaced by war.  Thank you for your help and support.  Our profits from this purchase will go directly to aid a refugee camp inside Ukraine.

Beautiful gold ornate hard wood frame

Framed Size:   7 1/2” x 10”

My dad was the son of an Idaho Turkey farmer but he always dreamed of becoming an artist. He chose to stay in small town Idaho to raise his 7 kids. Four boys, three girls. He became a sign painter and we all worked in that business as we grew up. When my dad was 40, he met Sergei Bongart who had immigrated (escaped) from Ukraine after WW2. That meeting changed everything.

Three of my brothers became professional artists. I was the youngest and the least interested in art. At 17 I started a picture frame company which later morphed into Allman-Ricks Master Frame Makers. Various other iterations but when I turned 40, the “wolf” as my dad and brother referred to the art bug; that wolf consumed me whole.

I’ve thought a lot about nurture or nature as it relates to how artists are created. I’m sure that I have no new thoughts to add to the conversation. I will simply say this…

 “painting is a disease, the only cure for which is another painting.”

Milford Zornes

Obviously it’s not limited to painting.

Martin Edwin Ricks

June 2021


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