Rick Larimore - Sculpture
I enjoy the way time expands when I am involved in the creative process. My wood sculptures are made mostly of local hardwoods gathered from our central Illinois woodlands. I look for interesting grains and color, but sometimes I paint or stain the wood. Clay pieces are cast in bronze, epoxy, or other materials. While I use both power and hand tools, I much prefer the meditative quiet of handwork. My goal is to always enhance the intrinsic characteristics of the wood and clay. Bringing out the beauty of the wood is my pleasure.
Rick studied art with Juanita Gammon and Larry Bell at Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois. During high school and while at Parkland, he worked with sculptor Frank Gallo finishing epoxy resin sculptures. He studied with woodcarver David Hosteltler as well as with conceptual artist, Ernie Whitworth at Ohio University briefly. He continued creating epoxy pieces along with making a living landscaping, doing tree work, and vegetable farming.
After many years, he returned to school to earn a degree in botany at Eastern Illinois University, later working as a wetland ecologist at the Illinois Natural History Survey for fifteen years before retiring. When not making sculpture, Rick and his wife Cloydia split their time between their home in Urbana, Illinois and their rural residence/studio north of Fairmount, Illinois where Rick enjoys hiking, fishing, hunting, and managing his natural areas along the Salt Fork River. Much of the wood he sculpts comes from their woodlands.
SAA Collective Gallery
420 South 6th Street
Springfield, IL 62701
Located in the H.D. Smith Gallery
In the Hoogland Center for the Arts
Tuesday - Wednesday 10 AM - 5 PM
Thursday - Saturday NOON - 7 PM
SAA Main Campus
School of Art (Studios),
Michael Victor II Art Library,
M.G. Nelson Family Gallery, and Edwards Place
700 North 4th Street
Springfield, IL 62702
Monday - Friday 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday 10 AM - 3 PM