Ricky Colson drawing mural profile portrait

I started out as a professional artist by painting people inside a giant domestic world—miniature humans admiring familiar surroundings while also attempting to survive them.

Switching opposite directions, I then started designing Zooettes—minimalistic, colorful animal silhouettes. I also created the early stages of a fictional city set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia to explore the subjects of utopia and American history.

Whether it’s brushing a canvas with oil paint, selecting color palettes in a digital space, or researching real life settings to model virtual 3d ones, my art is varied, ambitious, and formed through childlike curiosity and idealism.

My Story

I love history—in its many forms.

Admiring old painting masters in school paved the way for my career in art. The common thread in my work is an understanding that we, as humans, can learn from the past about who we are and who we want to become.

Learn more about how I got here and why I do what I do.

About the artist