Rick Hurst


“An ongoing exploration of universal components in the origin and evolution of cosmic life. Each artwork is a unique window into that continuum, from the first spark of life energy to the sophisticated harmony and complexity of the human mind.”

I see universal energies throughout my world — the life forces of nature, the vibrancy of color, the vitality and strength of architecture.

All of my designs begin with original photography, which I meld into digital artworks using multiple exposures, layers, color-transformations and art filters.

Nature and architecture are the foundations for my abstract designs: Dali Museum DNA staircase spirals merge with a Budapest spa domed ceiling; leftover grape stems morph into a microview of essential building blocks of life.

My purpose is to interpret and reveal those energies to all who view my art — to awaken curiosity, prompt introspection, feed their inner being; to have my designs resonate with them.


My childhood refuge in Mississippi was to immerse myself in the natural world around me. This eventually led to a 1982 Bachelor degree and courses at Parsons School of Design. Not finding a job in the arts field, I joined the federal government and eventually retired in Washington, DC as a paralegal.

After moving to the Gulf Coast, I revived my interest in abstracts and my talents in acrylics and watercolors. I participated in art markets, artists’ co-ops, galleries & art shows, even winning awards and mounting a 6-month one-man show.

To satisfy my cravings for new avenues of creativity, I began experimenting with digital photos of nature and architecture, altering colors and combining images in multiple overlays. By the time I moved to St Petersburg, Florida in 2016, I was wholly committed to the digital art world.

Now I have new tools for expressing myself as an artist: I work with clean hands — no brushes, no splattered paints — and I can take new photographs and work digitally from any location.


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