R. Pierick Smith
Sports as a subject matter was how I started my current career. I knew I had to make money, so I figured popular imagery or subject matter would help. I’m not ashamed, as an artist, to choose this as my subject matter; it reaches a wide demographic. The process and materials were born from my wish to make approachable art.
My creative process is the control that I enjoy while doing these. The subject matter is pretty loose and easy to digest, but technically I want to be perfect in my execution.
As an avocation, I was filling sketchbooks, notepads and boxes of loose copy paper with drawings since before I can remember. I graduated cum laude from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2004 with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts: Illustration and 2-D Concepts. As an occupation, I have only been creating art for a little over 2.5 years. I came back to art after 6 years of post-college corporate work. Best decision I ever made. I realize how lucky I am for being able to say I'm a sports artist.
--R. Pierick Smith (Paintin' Manning)