Wildlife: Bird Paintings by Ric Conn | Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts

Wildlife: Bird Paintings by Ric Conn

Martino Gallery, 2nd floor

Closing Reception - Thursday, December 7th | 5:30 - 7:00 pm | FREE

Ric Conn, Bluebird

Exhibition Statement

My paintings are original mixed media paintings on paper. They range in size from 10" x 8" to 28" x 22". They are gouache, archival acrylic ink, acrylic airbrush paint, and oil pastel on pre-mounted pastel paper or acid free archival drawing paper. Each painting depicts a different species that I have seen in the wild.​

Artist Bio

Ric Conn has been a student of nature and wildlife 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. Ric has travelled extensively up and down the Eastern seaboard, across the country, and to Ireland and 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.

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.” As with my figurative work, my 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 Conn

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 also teaches painting animals in middle schools, arts councils, summer camps and private lessons in his studio. Ric has given portrait drawing demonstrations at the Kent Island Federation of Arts, as well as painting and anatomy drawing demonstrations for summer kid’s camps at the Kent Island Federation of Arts and the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center.

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.


Ric Conn (left to right), Barn Owl, American Goldfinch, BB Gull