In preview for Andersonville Arts Week, September 12-16, this week, Laura and Sara are joined by artist Rick McEachern. Rick is an Andersonville resident and studied at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. You can view his work currently hanging on the walls of Appellation located at 5212 N. Clark.
“Painting is a project, and when you’re working on different phases of a project, you use different parts of your brain.”
– Rick McEachern
Listen to Episode 25 with Rick McEachern!
Here are some references from Episode 25 that you may want to check out:
- Rick grew up in Burlington, Massachusetts and was always an artsy kid, but fell in love with science in 5th or 6th grade and ended up getting a degree in plastics engineering. Rick has recently shifted back to art.
- As a child, Rick grew up in a very creative neighborhood where the kids were always putting on plays and working on art instead of doing a lot of sports.
- Rick was a Project Manager in his past career and feels it’s very applicable to his work as a painter.
- Rick’s best friend from Boston convinced him to move to Andersonville this past February. He mentions loving walking to the gym, running to the lake, and walking to Edgewater Produce (5515 N Clark). Everything needed is within 7 blocks.
- Rick features Coney Island frequently in his work. He has always loved carnivals and amusement parks. Rick has been on the Cyclone and Wonder Wheel at Coney Island too many times to count, and both rides are featured prominently in his paintings.
- Rick’s work is currently on exhibit at Appellation (5215 N. Clark) in two rooms: the front room features Ferris wheels and roller coasters, and he wanted visitors to feel the aesthetic of sitting in an amusement park and having lunch. The main dining room features paintings that “journey through a summer day.”
“I really like to do paintings… where ‘the glory’ can’t help but show through.”
– Rick McEachern
- Rick primarily works with oil paints. Most of his paintings are based on photographs he’s taken. His first step in composition is to sketch the scene, then explore with a watercolor or acrylic paint before diving into using the oil paints. Learn the difference between paint types here.
- One of Rick’s favorite artists right now is Matteo Caloiaro. Rick stumbled on his work in Provincetown, MA and inspired him to paint.
- Rick just discovered the Edgewater Historical Society (5358 N. Ashland) recently as somewhere to explore. For example, Sara learned that Hillary Clinton was born at Edgewater Hospital from EHS.
- Rick does plan to paint buildings in Andersonville eventually, and it already working on an upcoming piece featuring sunset and a garage here. He’s working on five new pieces total, and some also feature the Lincoln Square neighborhood.
- Rick would encourage young artists to look at all facets of creating, including self-promotion, networking and marketing. “Get up really early everyday and work hard.”
- Rick would trade places with Toys Et Cetera (5311 N Clark) because it would be a fun place to work in everyday, or he’d love to trade places with Puppet Bike. He keeps dollars available on hand just for puppet bike.