Ricky was born and raised in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. He studied art with an emphasis on Painting and Sculpture at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee.
His personal work has always revolved around the oceans or at least the life in them. Ricky finds inspiration in the vast amount of life that exists beneath its surface. That interest has driven him, career wise, toward an aquarium and museum exhibit field of work. Ricky still likes to escape into his artwork, which tends to play on the whimsical style. He see them as reflections of his mood at the time.