During a recent 4th Friday Gallery Night in downtown Grapevine, oil painter Rick Eakins was honored as a featured local artist. Presenting his original landscape collection from the Plein-Aire Painters of America workshops, Eakins encouraged others to paint on location, working outdoors to capture the essence of natural light.
“Landscapes are my favorite subject matter, especially if I can find an old barn or house to include in my painting,” says Eakins. “And many years as a graphic artist have really helped, especially when I try to capture the fine architectural details of those structures.”
Eakins is known for his serene, pastoral oil paintings of the Grapevine area, the Texas Hill country and the northern mountain ranges of New Mexico. Since his retirement from a professional career in commercial art and illustration, Eakins has devoted studio time to perfecting his oil painting. In addition, he is a member of the Associated Creative Artist of Dallas, Outdoor Painters Society and the Trinity Arts Guild.
A long-time resident, Eakins grew up on his family’s property in rural Grapevine and developed a passion for oil painting as a teenager. “I have been very fortunate,” shares Eakins, “to study and paint with Tony Eubanks, Jerral Derryberry, Bruce Peil, Judy Gelfert, Jim Rozek, and recently John Budicin. So, don’t be surprised to find me on any given day out in the park, by Grapevine Lake or even on Main Street with a brush and canvas. I’m enjoying every minute painting!”