Rich describes his transition from working in some of New York City’s busiest firehouses to working in some of the best art studios around as “One of the most exciting things I’ve ever done, I’m truly blessed to have this opportunity. I’m drawn to anything creative when I was in high school my father and I restored a 1958 corvette. That experience left an indelible impression. Witnessing the transformation of a broken down, dusty old non-functioning classic vehicle to an award-winning sports car was awe-inspiring.” Rich has renovated houses, designed Granite Memorials, and designed developed and managed the production of residential lighting. “I’ve had a good run of creative experiences over the years, oil painting, however, has captured my heart and changed my life. I can’t imagine doing anything else for the rest of my life. I’m devoted to developing my skills as an oil painter and realize the parallel between the comradery I experienced in firehouses all over New York City and the comradery I see in studios and among artists. People helping people which is what I love.” Rich is drawn to still life painting but loves seascapes and landscapes as well.