Born in Victoria, BC, Rick Bond grew up on the Gulf Islands off the coast of British Columbia.He is an established artist in western Canada who currently lives and paints full time near Vernon, B.C.
Rick started his painting career in 1980. He took his training through the Emily Carr Outreach program, Okanagan University College, Pearson College Summer School, Victoria, Federation of Canadian Artists and other professional artists' workshops.
Rick originally worked with oil, then watercolour and now works primarily with acrylic on canvas. His genres, urban and rural landscape and musicians, are created with loose vibrant style and could be considered contemporary impressionism.
Rick has had many solo and group shows since 1988. There have been group shows with the Okanagan Artists League, with members of the FCA, and with public and private galleries in Vernon, Vancouver, Kelowna, Whistler, Calgary, Regina, Winnipeg and Montreal. In 1999, he achieved AFCA Signature Status with the Federation of Canadian Artists.
Rick has a strong affiliation with the community and is a regular contributor to fundraising activities, garnering the highest bid at many of the auctions. He was the Manager of Pharmacy Operations at the Vernon Jubilee Hospital and has been the president of the Okanagan Artists League, the Vernon Community Arts Council and the Chairperson for the Images and Objects show with the BC Festival of the Arts. He is also a former member of both the Lions and the Rotary clubs.
Rick has received many awards over the years and been published in a number of publications including “Brushes in the Sun - Artist of the Okanagan“ (Hemlock Press), Pharmacy Practice, New Pharmacist, Lifestyle Vancouver and Connoisseur. Rick has received many awards of the years and been published in a number publications.
He has been commissioned by many private individuals and corporations. The list includes Janet Helm Presents for Coca-Cola, Credential Financial and Royal Sun Alliance, B.C. Pharmacists Association, Sunnyville Developments,
Riverside Forest Products, Tolko Forest Products The North Okanagan Regional District and the Silver Star Mountain Resort and the Nordic World Cup.
His images have been used in the Farm Credit Corporation's National Calendar, Sabex Pharmaceuticals National Christmas Card, the cover of Okanagan Spotlight, the North Okanagan Tourism Guide and the Friends of America Foundation.
Rick describes his style as "primarily landscape or musical vignettes using simple impressionistic shapes". The look is loose and somewhat representational.He has travelled to New Orleans and recently spent five weeks exploring Haida Gwaii, finding the edges of the continent full of content for his brushes. He's been called a visionary and practical artist who tends to express himself in simple terms. His strokes are strong and his paintings always hold your attention with each moment spent revealing new points of communication.
Rick is also an active instructor specializing in watercolour and acrylics.
Racing Seas 30 x 60 in. Acrylic on canvas
Blue Powder 24 x 12 in. Acrylic on canvas
Okanagan 30 x 60 in. Acrylic on canvas
White Sails 12 x 24 in. Acrylic on canvas
Seadogs 40 x 40 in. Acrylic on canvas
Whisper of the Red Tamarack 36 x 12 in. Acrylic on canvas
Running with the Wind 20 x 16 in. Acrylic on canvas
Blue Wind 24 x 60 in. Acrylic
Stormlight 40 x 40 in. Acrylic on canvas
Tidal 48 x 60 in. Acrylic on canvas
Westcoast Mosaic 30 x 60 in. Acrylic on canvas
Forest Quilt 30 x 40 in. Acrylic on canvas
Winter's White Blanket 20 x 30 in. Acrylic on canvas
Harbour Night 36 x 24 in. Acrylic on canvas
Naramata Vines 30 x 60 in. Acrylic on canvas
Forest #1 48 x 48 in. Acrylic on canvas
Winter Villages, Big White 24 x 18 in. Oil on canvas
Kalamalka Summer 30 x 36 in. Acrylic on canvas
Backcountry Mosaic 30 x 40 in. Acrylic on canvas
Summer's Ochre 30 x 60 in. Acrylic on canvas
Sunrise 30 x 20 in. Acrylic on canvas
Okanagan Westerly 24 x 24 in. Acrylic on canvas
Kalamalka's Freckles 36 x 48 in. Acrylic on canvas
Silverstar 30 x 30 in. Acrylic on canvas
Summer's Hue 45 x 15 in. Acrylic on canvas
Hecate Strait 36 x 48 in. Acrylic on canvas
Kelowna Mosaic 42 x 96 in. Acrylic on canvas
Crosscountry 18 x 24 in. Acrylic on canvas
The Yacht Club 45 x 45 in. Acrylic on canvas
Similkameen Amber 12 x 16 in. Acrylic on canvas
Backcountry Quilt 36 x 48 in. Acrylic on canvas
White Winter 40 x 40 in. Acrylic on canvas
Regatta Winds 24 x 48 in. Acrylic on canvas
The White Edge of Time 36 x 48 in. Acrylic on canvas