Welcome to “PaintingsbyRick”, original paintings by Rick Schimpf. The artwork on this site consist of a variety of paintings on canvas. Landscape and seascape impressions are the primary themes. The art may be considered fine art, wall art, or some other art form. Whatever category you identify my paintings to be, my goal is to provide a pleasant, memorable impression and viewing experience.


The painting on the above left is titled "Sugarloaf Mountain Rain". Sugarloaf Mountain is a small (1,282 foot; 391 m) mountain and park about 10 miles (16 km) south of Frederick Maryland USA. The closest village is Barnesville located just over one mile from the foot of the mountain. Sugarloaf Mountain is about an hour drive from the Baltimore Maryland region depending on actual location and traffic. This painting is an attempt to present a scenic view that might be experienced while hiking along the mountain streams and trails in the rain. 

The painting on the  above right  is titled "Glade Creek Grist Mill". This painting was inspired by several photographs found on the Internet. The Glade Creek Grist Mill is located near the headquarters of Babcock State Park named in honor of lumber industrialist Edward V. Babcock. The park is located along the New River Gorge on 4,127 wooded acres in Fayette County, West Virginia. 

The paintings shown below are examples of recently exhibited paintings.

Prints of all my paintings shown here can be obtained for very reasonable prices by going to the "Shop" page.

If you have thoughts or comments about my paintings or website please email me at rschimpf1943@gmail.com.

Thanks, Rick

The painting “Beverly Plantation House on the Pokomoke River” is based on a black and white photo. The house is shown as part of the “Beverly Plantation” on the Pokomoke River and was built in 1774. It is said to be an excellent example of a plantation house of that era and it is a likely possibility that the architecture of these houses influenced the modern colonial style houses.                     


The painting below is a composite of scenes found while looking for reference subjects and scenes for painting. The old house in the center is from a scene where the house was facing a non-descript grassy field. As painted, it had unkempt trees and bushes around it and the house itself appeared to be in need of attention.

I replaced the grassy field with the stream and falls I found in another reference picture. This picture had a large tree on one side but was rather vacant on the opposite side. I used the existing tree in its original location but also used it on the opposite side to frame the scene.

I added various colors to the sky and painted the foreground with plants that might be found along the side of a stream.

I hope this painting brings you viewing pleasure.

My Backyard – The Painting

This painting below was inspired by a photo posted on Facebook by Sandra Mora-Thomas titled “My Backyard”. Her photo captures brilliantly colored clouds and reflections in the water below. The darkness of the tree branches compliment the overall color composition that result in a spectacular view.

 The painting is my impression of the vibrant sky and water reflections captured in her photograph. While her photo focused on the sky and reflections in the water, the painting presents a little more distant view of the sky and water and includes a shoreline showing an adult and child approaching the water’s edge. I hope the painting does justice to her photo and the viewing of the painting is pleasing and perhaps reminds you of an enjoyable scene or experience you’ve had.

 I want to thank Ms. Mora-Thomas for allowing the use of her photo as a reference for this painting. You can find her photos at http://www.sandrathomasphotography.com or https://www.facebook.com/SandraThomasPhotography/


 The painting Catoctin Mountain Park Cabin Near Camp David”is based on research I did of the area via the Internet. Catoctin Mountain is perhaps best known as the site of Camp David, a mountain retreat for presidents of the United States. It was first used by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1930s, who called it "Shangri-La". The name "Catoctin" probably derives from the Kittoctons, an American Indian tribe or clan which once lived between the mountain and the Potomac River. (Note that a local tradition asserts that Catoctin means "place of many deer" in an Indian language.) 

The painting below is titled "Solitude". In works by Author, Journalist, and Editor, Hara Estroff Marano, she wrote “As the world spins faster and faster—or maybe it just seems that way when an email can travel around the world in fractions of a second—we mortals need a variety of ways to cope with the resulting pressures. We need to maintain some semblance of balance and some sense that we are steering the ship of our life. Otherwise we feel overloaded, overreact to minor annoyances and feel like we can never catch up. As far as I'm concerned, one of the best ways is by seeking, and enjoying, solitude. Solitude is a time that can be used for reflection, inner searching or growth or enjoyment of some kind. Deep reading requires solitude, so does experiencing the beauty of nature.”

She also said “Solitude suggests peacefulness stemming from a state of inner richness. It is a means of enjoying the quiet and whatever it brings that is satisfying and from which we draw sustenance. It is something we cultivate. Solitude is refreshing; an opportunity to renew ourselves. In other words, it replenishes us”.

It is with these thoughts that I named this painting “Solitude”. It is my hope the viewing of this painting of a camper warmed by a blazing campfire while observing a sunset from a snow covered mountain clearing can provide you a momentary escape from the fast paced, high pressured world and a means to renew and recharge yourself.

This painting below is based on a view from my living room window plus a huge amount of imagination. When we purchased our house many years ago, one of the benefits associated with its location was that the house was in a water privileged community and our property was listed as “Water View”.

What went unsaid was that our “Water View” property provided a seasonal view of the near-by water during times when trees were barren. Additionally, that view was only available from our living room window located on the upper level of our house.

So, now in retirement I sit each early morning drinking coffee and looking out the living room window. My view is a background glimpse of glistening water and the treetops of Gibson Island. The foreground consists of houses to the left and right and the sight of some marsh grass beyond the neighbor’s property.

 However, not too long ago, I allowed my imagination to enhance my morning view, and that led to thispainting that I’ve titled “Water View”.

 As I look from my living room I look directly east. My imaginary scene has the early morning sun rising over the treetops of Gibson Island. While my actual view of the water is that of sunlight glistening, my imaginary view placed a waterfall in place of the glistening water and extended the water flowing from the falls to the marsh grass.

 With apologies to my neighbors, I turned their houses into large rocks and placed trees for framing the view.

 For those that are wondering or suspecting some hallucinating influence on my imagination, the strongest thing consumed when creating this image was straight coffee served black.

 I hope you can enjoy the painting as well as my imagination.