When Ronald Stephen Riddick realized at an early age that he was destined to be an artist, his family and teachers encouraged his natural gifts and ability. As a child, he often sat and made drawings in a special spot next to his father, who was an art director for a large California company.
Riddick studied art in college and received advanced training at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, California. He escaped the avant-garde art trends of the 1960s and 1970s, choosing to focus on the fundamental disciplines. A formal education in classical training was not easily accessible then, prompting Riddick to explore the traditional Russian school of art while he painted with Sergei Bongart, a gifted Russian artist who lived the last years of his life in Los Angeles.
The legacy of master artists from bygone eras, especially those from the turn-of-the-century school of realism, became Riddick’s inspiration. On a trip to the Southwest, he became so enchanted with the color, light, people, and culture of the region that in 1980 he moved to Tucson, Arizona.