Friday, May 18, 2012

PSoA Certificate of Excellence: Rick Casali

Rick Casali
24 X 18 X 12 in.

Artist Rick Casali Jr. is a figurative painter and sculptor who maintains a beautiful north light studio in Edgewater, Maryland.  As a youth, while attending St. Mary's High School in Annapolis, Casali began taking after-school classes at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, where he met teacher John Ebersberger (one of this year's finalists).  Ebersberger opened Casali's eyes to color, and helped him to develop a command of drawing the portrait and figure, and what's more, introduced the aspiring, young artist to one of the nation's preeminent families of artists, the Egelis.  From 2004 to 2007, Casali apprenticed to Cedric and Joanette Egeli.  “They have guided me both in my art and in life,” says Casali, who credits these early influences with giving him the confidence to really pursue his passion. Additionally, Casali has studied with portraitist Michael Shane Neal, colorist George T. Thurmond, impressionist John Clayton, and sculptor Stephen Perkins, an expert in human construction and anatomy.

Casali believes, “All artists have a duty to teach. It’s how artistic knowledge survives and grows from generation to generation.” To that end, he now teaches drawing, painting, and sculpture at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis.

“When I paint reality, I’m striving to capture the true essence of what is happening... A certain color harmony in the landscape or the spirit of a person in the portrait.”

To see more of Casali's artwork, please visit

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