Ric Conn

Visual Arts


Ric Conn has been a student of nature and ornithology most of his life, and while his professional career as an artist seemingly goes in two different directions—wildlife and the human figure—Ric believes that they are very much related.

“Just as all vertebrates have a common structure, I believe that all animals have a distinct personality. It is certainly true with man and the rest of the animal kingdom is no exception.” My figurative and wildlife paintings focus on the personalities of the individuals and it is this and the attitude of the subject that give my paintings life.”

Ric’s artistic career began at age 5 with his first freehand drawings. Intending to draw an apple he placed on the table, coincidentally in the sunlight, he became fascinated with light and shadow. When he next used his arm as a model—his passion for figurative art began

His awards include the “Face of Queen Anne’s County” medal for one of his oil paintings, first, second and third place awards, numerous Honorable Mention awards, an Award of Merit and Best in Show.

Ric has had solo and group shows in Baltimore, Columbia, Annapolis, Frederick, Towson, Bethesda, Stevensville and Centreville, MD, Washington, D.C., Illinois, and New York City. He has paintings in private collections in several states and Australia.

Ric also teaches painting birds classes in Queen Anne’s County middle schools, Queen Anne’s County Arts Council, summer camps and private lessons in his studio. Ric has given portrait drawing demonstrations at the Kent Island Federation of Arts, as well as bird painting and anatomy drawing workshops for summer kid’s camps at the Kent Island Federation of Arts and the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center.

Ric has travelled extensively up and down the Eastern seaboard, across the country and to several Caribbean Islands to observe, record and paint the wildlife he encounters.

In addition to art organizations Ric belongs to several wildlife, and nature organizations, not only to advance his knowledge of wildlife, but to help the conservation and protection efforts for our wildlife, natural world and companion animals.

Ric Conn was born in 1951 in Baltimore, Maryland and studied at the Corcoran College of Art in Washington, D.C. and the Maryland Institute College of Art. He currently lives and works on Kent Island, just off the Eastern Shore of Maryland.