Richard Blanco – Artist Spotlight

BD would like you to meet Richard Blanco, our next featured artist.  Richard stops creating amazing art long enough to fill us in on his story.

Richard Blanco next featured artist

BD:Where do you live?

Richard Blanco:I currently live in Port Saint Lucie, Florida

richard blanco beautiful fish

BD:What form does your art take?

Richard Blanco:I like to paint with acrylic, oil and water colors, but I also do some drawing, and digital design.

bass fishing

BD:What are your other hobbies, and are they related to your artwork?

Richard Blanco:I grew up in coastal Palm Beach, Florida spending lots of time snorkeling and fishing, which really influenced my love for the water. I still fish whenever I can, bass fishing is what I mostly have time for these days, but I also love to inshore and offshore fish. I also like going on long rides on my road bike.

wahoo sketch

BD:How did you get started and what was the evolution of your style?

Richard Blanco:I’ve been drawing and painting so long that I can’t remember not doing it. My first formal training started with after school art classes when I was about 8 years old. I eventually received my bachelor’s degree in fine art from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. What’s funny is that as a kid I would paint boats, fish and nature scenes. Then as I progressed with my skills, I created mostly abstract work.

Now I’ve done a full 360 and I’m back to painting fish and nature scenes.

beautiful dorado

BD:What goals do you have for your artwork, what does the future hold?

Richard Blanco:When I was younger I really thought the end goal was to show my work in galleries, which I was fortunate enough to accomplish. But now I just want my art to go wherever it can be enjoyed by the most people and do the most good, regardless of whether it’s on a t-shirt, a poster, or hanging on a gallery wall. I’m hoping that the future holds a wide variety of opportunities that will let my art create a positive impact.

sailfish painting

BD:Is there a message or theme behind your artwork?

Richard Blanco:There’s not much of a message behind my work other than hoping people would take more time to appreciate nature.

permit fishing

BD:What or who inspires you?

Richard Blanco:Nature, especially the tropical waters of South Florida and The Keys. I’m also really inspired by other painters too. I love abstract painters like Clyfford Still and Frank Stella but I also am really inspired by realistic painters like Don Ray & Stanley Meltzoff. My wife and my mother have also been huge inspirations for me. They’re encouragement and support keep me going.

fish painting

BD:What has been the hardest project, or what is the hardest aspect of you art?

Richard Blanco:The hardest part of painting for me is trying to accurately capture how light bounces off everything underwater – Its always a challenge for me.

bass art

BD:What brings you the most satisfaction or sense of accomplishment?

Richard Blanco:For me it all comes together when somebody connects with the work. When a piece reminds them of a fond memory, or gets them telling a story… that’s gold.

marine artYou can follow Richard at [email protected] or see more of his work at