Rick Urdahl

Rick Urdahl is a third generation, full-time artist who has been a fixture at most western and wildlife art shows and gatherings in the western United States for the last 42 years. He has received numerous awards and is always a must see at the shows’ ”Quick Draws”.

Rick was born and raised in the Gallatin and Madison valleys of Southcentral Montana. The Bridger and Tobacco Root mountain ranges were also his stomping grounds. He studied art at Bozeman Senior High School, Montana State University and Eastern Washington University. During his years as a student, Rick spent his free time hunting, fishing and playing golf in this area he describes as “a sportsman’s paradise”. Rick is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys building his own fly and spinning rods, tying his own flies and using them. Rick also enjoys golf, football, basketball, and baseball.

The subject matter of Rick’s work reflects numerous hunting and fishing trips throughout the western U.S. and Canada. These are “research trips” insists Rick. He also paints many pieces from memories of his Montana upbringing and scenes on location at his family’s summer retreat on Meadow Lake near Ennis, Montana. Living in Cheney makes Turnbull Wildlife Refuge an amazing research opportunity.

The major body of Rick’s works are in the watercolor medium. His watercolor technique is unique, and he feels he has attained his goal of painting pieces that are recognized as his without having to check the signature. Within the body of Rick’s work are two sold out bronze sculptures, pen and ink drawings, pencil drawings, etchings, oil paintings, acrylic paintings and wood sculptures.

Rick’s art work has been included in the prestigious Charles M. Russell Art Show and the Auction in Great Falls, Montana, where he participated for 33 years. His work has been juried into this auction and he has also participated in the invitation only quick-draw event. Rick participated yearly in the annual art show held at the Le Havre Inn in Havre, Montana. and the yearly show in Chinook, Montana. Some of his numerous awards are: Best of Show Wildlife award at the Boy’s Club of America National Western and Wildlife Show in Rapid City, South Dakota, Best of Show at the Oregon Trails National Western and Wildlife Show, and the prestigious Roughrider award – one of only twelve ever awarded at the Rough Rider International Art Show in Williston, North Dakota. Rick also won Best of Show watercolor at the Fred Oldfield Celebration of Western and Wildlife Show in Federal Way, Washington, and Best of Show and The Buck Taylor award for excellence at the Ritzville, Washington Art Show. Rick and his showroom partner J.D. Mackin, also won the Best Room Award at the Ellensburg National Art Show in Ellensburg, Washington. Rick was awarded the Cheney Washington Rodeo Poster five years in a row. One-man gallery shows, smaller regional shows and private showings round out Rick’s schedule. Rick’s work hangs in collections throughout the world.

“I hope the next 42 years in the art business produce as many friendships and fond memories as the last forty-two.”

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