Rick Reinert's formal art education took place in the early 1970's at Western Kentucky University. His arts education continued to evolve over the years, and he exhibited large, expressionistic works in one-man shows throughout Germany and Canada.
After his initial success, Reinert took time off to establish two small businesses and to raise his family. Through a series of circumstances related to his business, Reinert became a highly visable and vocal proponent of campaign finance reform, and was the subject of a number of articles including a cover story in Time Magazine in Feb. 2000. During this time, his commitment to painting was renewed, and he began creating art again. He painted through the night and slowly established the unique and passionate style that he is known for today.
Painting seven days a week, 9 hours a day, Reinert continues to challenge himself as one of America's most prolific painters.
This dedication and hard work has paid off, and his paintings have won accolades across the country.
“Ships of the Heartland' was chosen in 2008 as one the top 100 paintings in the “Paint America” competition, and “Southern Radiance” was chosen as one of the top 200 paintings in the “Oil Painters of America” Exhibition held in Montana in that same year. In February 2009, he was the subject of a cover story in the Sunshine Artist magazine. Reinert was chosen as a featured artist at the Gadsden Museum of Art Southeastern Plein Air Competition held in Gadsden, Alabama, and was featured for the eight time in November, 2014 in American Art Collector Magazine.
Throughout his career Reinert has won numerous Best of Show awards including first, second, third, as well as the People’s Choice Awards. In 2012 his painting “Dusk at King and Queen” was chosen “Best of Show, Mayors Purchase Award” at the Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition.
Reinert was also the featured artist at the Charleston Symphony live auction in 2012 and his work hangs in private collections throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, and the Middle East. Museum and corporate collcetors include the Gadsden Museum of Art, Gadsden, AL, Carolina First Bank, Seaside Bank, UBS financial and the Medical University of South Carolina.
Awards and Auctions
- Appointed "Artist in Residence", 5 star, 5 diamond Woodlands Inn located in Summerville,SC;
- Published in "Best of Landscape Artists", Kennedy Publishing;
- Charleston Art Auction, November 6th, 2010 "Southern Splendor" 24x30" oil;
- Charleston Symphony Auction, October, 2010 "February Sunlight" 24x30" oil;
- Featured in American Art Collector Magazine, "Southern Light" solo exhibition, the Wells Gallery, Kiawah.
- Montgomery Museum of Art, "Safe Harbor" 14x11" included in live auction.
- Honorable Mention, Atalaya Art Exhibiton, Pawleys Island, SC;
- Award of Excellence, Lemoyne Chain of Parks, Tallahassee, FL;
- Accepted, Oil Painters of America National Show, Missoula, Montana (Southern Radiance).
- 2nd Place, Painting, Festival of the Masters Disney, Orlando, FL (Last Light Reflections);
- Best of Show, June, 2007 Southern Light Paintout Plein Air Competition (Josette with Needlepoint);
- Merit Award, May, 2007 Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor (Doyle Gallery, Broad Street).
- 3rd Place, April, 2006 Signature Show (Early Azaleas);
- Merit Award, May, 2006 Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor (Cypresses, St. Michaels Alley);
- 2nd Place, October, 2006 First Federal Peoples Choice Show (The View from Spencer II).
- 1st Place, December. 2005 Charleston Artist Guild, Holiday Show (Lucky Bamboo, 10 am);
- Peoples Choice, December, 2005;
- Honorable Mention, December, 2005 (Dancing Light).