We all need beauty, especially at a time when it appears to many that the world is in chaos.
Painting is the way I view my life, and it helps me keep my mind straight and my eyes on the positive. I look for beauty wherever I go. For that reason, I know that my life will not be long enough to paint all the ideas that I have.
I am painting because the Lord put the passion and desire in my heart to glorify Him in this way.
I have dedicated my life since 1983 to creating a body of work that testifies of His Creation, majesty, power, beauty, life and love.
Light and how we see it on the earth is the subject of all of my paintings.
I paint the landscape because I believe that we can see the Creator in His Creation, if we just look for Him there.
Since all who are sighted may see our surroundings, I believe this is one of the most evident ways we may see Him.
If I were to give a name to my entire portfolio of paintings, I would call it “The Sight of Heaven Touching Earth.”This Scripture, Romans 1:19-20, is foundational to all of my work: For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made, so they are without excuse.”
Beauty, order, and the possibility to love is all around us—all we have to do is want to see it.
RICK J. DELANTY—American Landscape painter, b. 1951
A California native, Rick J. Delanty has been painting landscapes and seascape for over three decades. He works in an impressionistic style both plein air and in the studio, using an exuberant calligraphy of color and brushstroke which conveys emotion and movement. His featured subject is the California landscape–his portfolio includes compositions built around mood and a deep appreciation for life.
Delanty’s work has been included in invitational plein air events across the West, and has been exhibited in museums and galleries across the nation. Delanty has received awards at regional, national and international levels, including Finalist “Best Acrylic” in the September 2016 Plein Air Salon, Best of Show in 2014 from Plein Air Magazine editor Stephen Doherty in “The American Landscape” national exhibition, twice Outstanding Acrylic in the international “Boldbrush” painting competition, Best of Show in the 2013 ISAP Online Exhibition, Best of Show at the Borrego Plein Air Invitational, two awards in the Sedona Invitational, the Peterson Award at the annual exhibition of the National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic, and both the Boseker and Surfrider awards at the Laguna Plein Air Invitational at the Laguna Art Museum. Rick served as curator for the “California Impressionism” show in 2015 at the Huntington Beach Art Center in California, as judge for the Art Muse international painting competition in 2019, and as faculty for the 2019 Plein Air Convention in San Francisco.
Delanty originals have also been selected for such national and international shows as the Art Renewal Center, Oil Painters of America, California Art Club, American Impressionist Society, Boldbrush International Painting Competition, National Art Muse Competition, National Oil and Acrylic Painters, and International Society of Acrylic Painters.
Sharing knowledge of plein air painting with the next generation is also important to the artist, as he was a high school drawing and painting instructor for over three decades. Rick donates time to assist in the educational outreach of Laguna Plein Air Painters, in teaching both adults and schoolchildren. Rick also teaches adult workshops through a local art center and the California State Park system.
His work appears in Painting in Acrylics, the Indispensable Guide, by Lorena Kloosterboer, and is part of a three-page feature in Southwest Art Magazine’s “Three To Watch,” November 2016.
More of his work may be viewed on his website at www.delantyfineart.com, or at his studio gallery in San Clemente, California.
“My body of work is about the revelation of the divine power of God’s creation in nature. It is my hope that those who connect with my work will be uplifted, to reflect on the original works of God that surround us.”