Rick Bond is an established western Canadian artist. He currently lives and paints full time near Vernon, B.C., Canada. He was born in Victoria, B.C. and grew up in the Gulf Islands off the west coast near Vancouver. Rick started painting in 1980. He took his training through the Emily Carr Outreach program, Okanagan University College, Pearson College Summer School, Victoria, Federation of Canadian Artists and other professional artists’ workshops. Rick originally worked with oil, then watercolor and now works primarily with acrylic on canvas. His genres, urban and rural landscapes and musicians, are created with a loose vibrant style and are considered to have a contemporary impressionistic style. In 1999 he achieved AFCA Signature Status with the Federation of Canadian Artists. Rick has a strong affiliation with the community and is a regular contributor to fund raising activities and is on the NOCLS fundraising committee. He was the Manager of Pharmacy Operations at the Vernon Jubilee Hospital and has been the president of the Okanagan Artists League, the Vernon Community Arts Council and the Chairperson for the Images and Objects show with the BC Festival of the Arts. He is also a former member of both the Lions and the Rotary clubs. Rick has received many awards over the years and been published in a number of publications including “Brushes in the Sun (Hemlock Press)”, Pharmacy Practice, New Pharmacist, Lifestyle Vancouver, Connoisseur and Arabella . His images have been used in the Farm Credit Corporation’s National Calendar, Sabex Pharmaceuticals National Christmas Card, the cover of Okanagan Spotlight, North Okanagan Tourism Guide and Friends of America Foundation. He has been commissioned by Janet Helm Presents for Coca-Cola, Credential Financial, W5 and Royal Sun Alliance, B.C.Pharmacists Association, Sunnyville Developments, Riverside Forest Products,Tolko Forest Products, North Okanagan Regional District, Silver Star Mountain Resort and the Nordic World Cup.