Rick Wallace, Sculpture
“Many life experiences have shaped my imagination. The funeral business, newspaper business, clothing business, and teaching school have all added to my imagination. Making steel look like turquoise; now that takes imagination; now that’s fun.”~Rick Wallace
Rick Wallace says about his childhood in the 1950s and ‘60s:
“Growing up in the 50’s and 60’s meant that there were no video games or computers to create a fantasy world for you. Instead you had to have a vivid imagination, or just be bored. Growing up in a funeral home didn’t help. There were no neighborhood kids to play with. Again, you had to have a vivid imagination.”
Fast forward forty years. Rick is camped out at the top of a wilderness mountain in New Mexico listening to a Lakota Medicine Man named Bear Heart. Without the aid of power point or other video magic, he made the world come alive. This is where the Native American influence came into Rick’s life.
Add all of this to the renewal of an old friendship with artist Michael McCullough and many new friends in the art world and Rick had all the ingredients he needed for his own unique style. Rusty’s artwork—called “Ka Ti Nas”—are wondrous creations from steel, found objects, car parts, and acrylic.
Are you interested in purchasing Rusty Wallace’s work? Please contact Rogoway Turquoise Tortoise Gallery for more information.