I am an artist and I’ve lived in Hope Valley for over thirty years. I have my own gallery and it’s open whenever I’m there and closed when I’m not! 

I paint and create art in wood, clay, fabric and found objects. Some of my most popular pieces are my one-of-a-kind fabric sculptures. I make them all by hand and it can be painstaking work. But I try to get the details perfect and over the years I’ve created a large menagerie of whimsical and eclectic characters. If you’re curious you can see some of them at devinicals.com.

My wife Robin recently retired as a librarian at URI and our two grown sons live on opposite coasts—one in Boston and one in Oregon. 

In 2009 I was diagnosed with cancer. My initial prognosis was not good. At first I was looking at places in Boston, but someone suggested Rhode Island Hospital would take good care of me. And they were right. They were wonderful and I am now nine years cancer free. 

Later I had a double bypass, and then a recent bout of pneumonia has me on oxygen.

So now I’m seeing pretty much every specialist they’ve got! But I am slowly working my way back to health. I can still get to the studio and do my work, and my wife and I are still able to go out and enjoy some of the local restaurants.

If you’re in Hope Valley, just give me a call to come on by the gallery for a visit.

—Rick, Hope Valley RI