Rick Cepella

Rick is a painter, art instructor and cartoonist/illustrator living in Powell River, British Columbia. His paintings are expressive reactions to the wild landscape as well as the human form. Decades of outdoor activities, twelve years of work as a biological surveyor and countless hours of field drawing and painting in the rugged backcountry of western Canada continue to shape his work. He actively shows, teaches and lectures at public art institutions across British Columbia.

Rick is an award-winning cartoonist/illustrator published in many major Canadian newspapers and magazines. His cartoon and illustration work has garnered several national and international awards and is in the permanent collection of the National Archives of Canada. He studied visual art and design at the University of British Columbia, The University of Ottawa, and Emily Carr College of Art and Design and has attended and been artist in residence at a number of artist residencies in British Columbia.

"My art is primarily an expressive reaction to and association with the wild landscape informed by much study of 1) the natural world 2) the human form and 3) the art of masters past and present. Painting will be dead when there are no more walls."