About Richard (Rik) Erickson and Murals Fantastic
I began my love affair with art at the age of 5 when my father showed me how to draw Mickey Mouse. I started drawing a lot and learned what art was about. Raised in the Air Force, we traveled to another base every three years from state to state and overseas. There was a wealth of landscapes to inspired me along the way. Arizona stood out the most in terms of beauty.
My mural business began in 1985 after being a fine artist and showing my paintings at over 34 art galleries here and in the Chicago area. A C-33 state Licensed Contractors license was acquired along the way in which is now required by law for all muralists. (A lot of muralists don’t follow this law) Many of my customers are repeat customers.
How I work
Completed murals are painted by myself and I only bring in other artists and craftsmen on large projects when required by time constraints…
but only when I am on the job-site and monitoring at all times. Although I have several competitors in the area, I take my work seriously and my main advantage over my competition is an eye for details and realism plus over 30 years of on-the-job work.
Canvas paintings can be found here: CANVAS PAINTINGS
Besides the quality control, knowing the proper paints to use, correct prepping procedures and understanding perspective and vanishing points, color relationships…as well as knowing when to stop an artwork before it turns gaudy and overdone is important.
Commissions include the City of San Diego, Ramona, CA., U.S. Marines, Coast Guard and many homes and businesses.
The National Society of Mural Painters
Artisans By The Sea
International Decorative Artisans League (IDAL)
Murals Fantastic is a fully licensed and insured company.
Background and Skills
World-class trompe l’oeil, murals, faux finishes, custom artwork and unique projects completed. A long list of credentials, references, satisfied clients and a broad based knowledge of all aspects of the artist’s trade.
Fluent in most types of beautiful faux wall techniques including Marble and Stone Replication, Old- World Plasters. Also aged Patinas, Color Washes, Glazes, Venetian and Italian Plasters, Belagio, Including hand-Painted Embellishments and more.
“This is knowledge that can not be learned in school…It comes from thousands of hours of hands-on work, yielding a high level of skill and knowledge.
To produce “World Class Murals and wall finishes”…meaning visitors and/or art critics from anywhere in the world will recognize this art as the highest quality. I go a long way to maintain my reputation as one of California’s leading artists for my clients.
Mediums fluent in include
Oil, acrylics, marble plasters, pastels, gold leaf, mixed media and wood. I also continue to produce and exhibit fine artist paintings in oils, acrylics, pastels, mixed media and many new emerging art techniques.