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Artist Ricky4

Updated on July 22, 2011


This is the next instalment in my series about the artists who allow me to use their pictures for the articles I write here in HubPages and in my own WordPress Blog.

Ricky4 was particularly supportive when I started writing and even sent me a picture as a gift to do with as I pleased. He was the first artist in deviantart to call me "buddy" and that meant a lot.

I sent Ricky4 an e-mail asking him if he would like me to write an article about him and his art as my way of showing him my appreciation. Following is his reply exactly as he requested I present it.

Dad's Influence

My name is Richard Turgeon....but most people called me Ricky or Ricky4. I live in Canada, in the city of Montreal.

I got involved in art when I was five years old. With a single pen, I started to reproduce my Dad's acrylic paintings. When he was not playing his piano, he used to put them on the top of it, so I could share my new passion with him and he soon became my mentor.

New Avenues of Expression

Over the years, I found myself increasingly drawn to express myself through my art. It was as if my brain was taking on a life of its own and was constantly asking for more. From very early on I knew that art was to become a very big part of my life. I always felt the urge to discover a beautiful and new exciting world. From time to time, I got acquainted with so many different and interesting avenues to express myself and these included:

China ink, Geometry, Sculpture, Pop art, Scratchboard, Pen & pencil techniques, Pastels, Comic style, Water painting, Abstract, Architecture and the list goes on...

My Inspiration

Back in 1996, I took Info-Graphic lessons and enjoyed the beauty of Digital Painting and Photo-manipulation, which are also the two main techniques I use mostly to this day.

My inspiration comes mainly from two sources and these are

  • The Brainstorming Process
  • Dreams

When I use the Brainstorm thing, I discover that a strange but a yet useful pattern always emerges. I get so many variances from one starting project that I never tire of it. It works for me all the time and I never repeat the same ideas that I virtually create in my mind. It is an invaluable tool I've learned from school and found out that most film producers, writers and artists use the same technique as a muse.


Music also elevates my feelings which in turn spur me to come up with ideas or concepts. This is pretty handy when the inspiration doesn't come out of the box...sort of speaking. Sometimes a word or phrase from a song is instantly something is reborn again or wants to be renewed. I also think that music accentuates the mood inside my artwork..but that's only my opinion!

Art as Therapy

I use art as a way of expressing my thoughts and feelings and sometimes, that can be quite therapeutic. I benefit from it every time and it brings me the comfort of achieving something big!

I emphasise colours, shadows and light reflections inside each of my projects. I do have a weakness for adding perspective to what I do. I like to bend unrealistic and unexplored places. Because I like to cheat with my vision!

Lots of people do ''body work-out'' to relieve stress. Art has that effect on me....but in a good and intellectual way! For me, It represents a path of pushing the limits of my imagination further than I could possibly do ....not to mention experiencing the escaping mood and relief after a hard day at work!

Ricky's Gallery

Finally, I have included below some examples of my projects! I would welcome and appreciate your comments and critiques.

If you would like to see more of my work please follow the link I have provided here which will take you to my gallery in deviantart.

If you would like to use my art with your articles I would ask that you grant me the same respect I would your work and ask that you please credit me with a link back to my gallery. You can also purchase block prints of my art in deviantart.

Ricky4 devaintart gallery


Rainbow Island by Ricky4
Rainbow Island by Ricky4 | Source

View on Capital Heaven

View on Capital Heaven by ricky4
View on Capital Heaven by ricky4 | Source

Jasmine, Night Prowler

Jasmine, Night Prowler by *ricky4
Jasmine, Night Prowler by *ricky4 | Source

Bursting Equinox

Bursting Equinox by *ricky4
Bursting Equinox by *ricky4 | Source


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    • Spirit Whisperer profile imageAUTHOR

      Xavier Nathan 

      7 years ago from Isle of Man

      Thank you epigramman, your comment will surely be appreciated by Ricky and I am just happy that you like his work. Carrot loaf and coffee is indeed a nice start to the day washed down with some beautiful Ricky4 images.

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      7 years ago

      ...reminds me so much of Roger Dean's work - he did a lot of graphic art work for record albums in the 70's and that is high praise indeed not only for Richard himself, a truly stunning artist, but also for you my noble and sincere friend, a benefactor and patron of the arts - for it is people like you who personify the true spirit of giving at Hubpages.

      lake erie time 9:19am over a carrot loaf and coffee in order to start my day and I have already started it on the right foot by arriving here.

      Will post this beautiful hub to my FACEBOOK page with a direct link back here.

    • Spirit Whisperer profile imageAUTHOR

      Xavier Nathan 

      7 years ago from Isle of Man

      You are very welcome James and I hope you find an opportunity to use it with some of your hubs. Thank you.

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      I love this art! It is incredibly beautiful. Thank you for this treasure!

    • Spirit Whisperer profile imageAUTHOR

      Xavier Nathan 

      7 years ago from Isle of Man

      Guess son brought back the Adjustment Bureau for us to watch tonight. I can't wait. I'll tell you what I think about it tomorrow. I have seen all the planet of the ape movies and was the first in the queue when the very first one with Charleston Heston came out. Wow, that blew my mind. I still remember him standing there at the end and seeing the ruins of his beloved New York and that look on his face is pricelss. Transformers doesn't appeal to me but because my son loves that kind of movie I will end up watching it with him.

      You don't have to be an artist or someone who submits work to the site to make it better for others. It can't hurt to send them your suggestions and will only increase your ever growing reputation if they do accept your suggestions.

      Be sure to send me a link to your personal blog. I have a wordpress blog what is yours going to be?

      You take care of yourself and don't overdo the work. You are no good to your wife and children without your health.

      We will talk again soon.

    • myi4u profile image


      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Haha.. you almost sum up Greece! Well, the city of Athens is almost the same like other major cities in the world. My wife and I went to Santorini Island and it was beautiful! However, at times, it was too hot to be enjoying the vacation.

      Agree with you on Inception and Shutter Island. At the moment, I am looking forward to watching Transformers and The Rise of the Planet of the Apes. It's a bit of a shame as I missed Transformers 3D's show times.

      Hmm.. I never thought about contacting deviantart about it mainly because I am not a true member who submits artwork.

      I hope I could write more hubs but I am quite busy with my work lately. Got a few deadlines to meet and I am starting up a personal blog.

    • Spirit Whisperer profile imageAUTHOR

      Xavier Nathan 

      7 years ago from Isle of Man

      Thank you MysteriousOne. He is a great artist and his work is truly amazing. He will be glad you said so.

    • MysteriousOne profile image


      7 years ago

      What an awesome job, SW...and a fantastic artist,he is!

      Great! Voted up,up,!

      Have a great day!


    • Spirit Whisperer profile imageAUTHOR

      Xavier Nathan 

      7 years ago from Isle of Man

      Greece sounds like a great place to visit. I will have to go someday. I have visions of white walls built on cliffs overlooking the sea and everyone dancing on the beach drinking oozo and eating fish! LOL

      I am not so much interested in the action type movies but more the ones with a good story preferably based on fact but not necessarily. The last great movie I saw that left a lasting impression was Inception oh yes and Shutter Island. I watched Never Let Me Go recently but it was so disappointing compared to the book. Any suggestions are more than welcome.

      My artwork is not apatch on these guys and I only started around Christmas this year. I had to teach myself how to use gimp. My daughter's art is fantastic though and she would love you to use her pictures with your articles. It would give her a bit of confidence. ClaraN9 is her username.

      Have you thought of contacting the people who run deviantart to suggest the changes you think would make it a better site? You never know what might come of that. sometimes opportunity lies in simply asking the right questions!

      It has been a pleasure talking to you again and I look forward to your next hub.

    • myi4u profile image


      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks Spirit Whisperer, I kind of MIA lately because I went on a week's holiday in Greece. One word to sum it up; HOT!

      I shall look at your gallery sometime. If I can't find it, I shall give you a shout. You could have created a hub about your artwork. I am sure many of your followers will be interested, and that's me included!

      Hmm... I haven't watched any new movies lately. I kind of browsing through my archives as well as looking at my TV programmes' schedule to see if anything interesting comes up; like yesterday's Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. Well, that prompted me to search for Terminator Salvation in my archives. I might watch it tonight, hehe!

    • Spirit Whisperer profile imageAUTHOR

      Xavier Nathan 

      7 years ago from Isle of Man

      Hello there myi4u, it is good to see you back and I appreciate your feedback.

      Yes, I agree with you, it is a wonderful site and every time I visit I always find something that completely leaves me gob smacked.

      I too have my own gallery and perhaps you might sometime take a look and of course you are very welcome to use any of my pictures with your hubs or blog.

      I can't wait to see limitless. I have been over to Amazon to buy it but it is not released on DVD yet. smcopywrite wrote a great review of the movie and I can't wait to see it. Have you seen any good ones lately?

      BTW when you post anew hub please drop me an e-mail to let me know because I don't think HubPages always does that.

      Thank you.

    • myi4u profile image


      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      I always love to check out devianart because there are so many things to see in there. Their work of art is just incredible and sometimes, I just wish that I have that kind of talent to do the same sort of thing.

      One small problem though, I just hope that the website could be more interactive in order to justify the effort that the artists have put in. But that's just my personal opinion. Nice hub!

    • Spirit Whisperer profile imageAUTHOR

      Xavier Nathan 

      7 years ago from Isle of Man

      Thank you Alastar and RHW for visiting and your comments are greatly appreciated.

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Wow! That guy is incredible! I love the art! So beautiful and amazing - thanks for sharing these SW. Eye candy;)!!

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      Alastar Packer 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Ah, relieving stress is one thing but Mr. Turgeons artistry is mind blowing in the very best way. Magnificent is the proper word. Thank you Spirit.

    • Spirit Whisperer profile imageAUTHOR

      Xavier Nathan 

      7 years ago from Isle of Man

      always exploring, thank you for reading this article and your comment is much appreciated.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Wow, The pictures are beautiful. He surely has a gift. Thank you.

    • Spirit Whisperer profile imageAUTHOR

      Xavier Nathan 

      7 years ago from Isle of Man

      Thank you KMattox. Thank you for visiting and your compliments are greatly appreciated.

    • KMattox profile image


      7 years ago from USA

      You did a wonderful job showcasing this talented artist! Great work! And great art! I voted up and awesome!


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