Rick Bayers specializes in bringing the beauty of America’s most magnificent landscapes into the homes of discriminating art buyers. A fine art painter for over 50 years, Bayers is also a respected portrait artist who has been commissioned to capture many corporate executives and regional celebrities on the canvas. His work can be found in executive boardrooms of Fortune 500 companies, and the private homes of local and regional prominent families.
Bayers was born in Sparta, Illinois, and grew up in New Athens Illinois, a small rural and serene community that first instilled in him a love for landscapes. When Bayers picked up a brush at age 15, his first subjects were the rolling hills and simple pastures of the heartland. He attended the School of Fine Art at Washington University in St. Louis and concentrated in Graphic Design, but also was taught several painting classes. As he honed his painting skills over the years, he became influenced by the works of early 20th century American Impressionist painters from the well-known Hoosier Salon School in Brown County, Indiana. Artists such as T.C. Steel, V.J. Cariani, Adolph Schulz, and Carl Krafft inspired Bayers to paint with the emotional yet honest style for which he is known today.