Rick Hutchinson has a feeling for the sea. When I look at his paintings I can almost feel the rolling of waves, from the point where they scrape and turn against the ocean floor right up to the surface where the sun filters weakly through the water.

I found Rick’s work on my ‘pub crawl’ of Edithburgh art. Their SALA (SA Living Artist) celebration exhibition traverses 6 venues (including pubs, café’s and any other spare wall in the town). Rick’s work was an ocean of calm in a busy pub dining room.

Artist, art teacher and surfer, Rick talks about the process beneath his paintings. He explains how he devises his work and talks about the head scratching involved in deciding when a painting is finished.

Rick creates large color field abstract painting. There is an intensity and balance in his work that is both calm and complex.

Rick is one of the many artists I have had the privilege to meet on my Yorke Peninsula odyssey this week. Watch the blog over the coming weeks, there are plenty more interviews and posts to come!

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