Rick Sidebottom, Conway Member Since September 2008 Artist Statement Rick Sidebottom was born in Tucson, AZ and was raised in Central Arkansas. He has always enjoyed art in many forms and spent several years as a semi-professional photographer. Metal work came later in life and sparked a line of creativity that had lied dormant for many years.
His inspiration comes from family and friends and his experience with them. Most pieces are designed, with the help of his wife Susan, to match the client’s surroundings. Being mostly self taught and using a combination of hand and power tools, creations come together in a small studio/shop in Central Arkansas.
Rick takes pride in the one-of-a-kind items that come together for his clients and just as much pride in the items that are made for fun. “You can always find a similar, lower quality, piece cheaper somewhere else. When you see one of our pieces you want to touch it and see if the texture is real, and it is. That comes from heat and hammer, tool and pressure, and you can’t fake that.”
After an accident that put a hold on the metal creation, Rick started drawing with pencils and with a graphics tablet in Photoshop. These creations are also based on his experiences through life. While the metal work will have to wait, this creative outlet has taken it's place.