Rick Humphrey began painting en plein air in 1985. Since that time he primarily focused on the Palos Verdes Peninsula where he grew up. In 1997 he organized the first art exhibition and sale to benefit The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy featuring artists from the newly formed Portuguese Bend Artist Colony. Since that time, their annual exhibition has grossed almost one-half million dollars raising a significant amount of money for the conservancy. His work has been exhibited in the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, The Bowers Cultural Museum of Santa Ana, The Pasadena Museum of Art, The Carnegie Art Museum, the State Capital Building of Sacramento, The Autry Museum of the American West, The Irvine Museum, and The Bennington Art Museum in Vermont, . In 2007 he received the California Art Club’s Gold Medal for the Edgar Payne Award for Best Landscape at the 96th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition. His paintings are in collections throughout the United States and Europe. He is a Signature Member of the California Art Club and founding member of The Portuguese Bend Artist Colony. For the past few years Rick has traveled to various locations across the United States producing paintings for an upcoming American Landscape series.
Conserving Open space
Rick Humphrey has been painting and sketching the Palos Verdes Peninsula since he was a teenager. Over those years there has been a great deal of loss of open space to development and expansion. Through the efforts of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy some areas have been protected and remain open for all to enjoy. The importance of these areas cannot be overstated for they have long been apart of this community’s identity and heritage.
Today there are new challenges as proposals are frequently made to build new structures along the coastline. While many of these plans are well intended they still use up remaining open space, obstruct views and diminish the unique quality of the area.
Even those areas that have been “protected” by the conservancy could be in jeopardy by future city councils who might deem it more profitable to sell.
A continual effort is required by every succeeding generation to understand and value the need for these areas. Through his work, Mr. Humphrey hopes to be apart of a larger effort to create an image of the peninsula that is known and celebrated for it’s foresight in maintaining this natural beauty.
The simple fact is, we all need natural open spaces we can enjoy to renew and refresh us and help us to focus on things higher than ourselves.