Ricky Van has always
loved to draw and sing. His mother, Eloise, remembers when he was about 4 or 5 years
old and was sitting on their front porch talking about all the things he was going to have
when he was big. Eloise said, "Son, those things cost money. How do you
think you'll make enough to buy all those things?" Ricky was very sure of
himself, placing his hands on his little hips and looking at her square in the eyes,
"Well, I'm going to sing and draw pictures! "He has continued to "sing and
draw pictures" ever since. During his high school years, he used to paint a picture a
week and sell it for $20. That was his spending money for the week.
In 1985, the town of Altavista featured an art exhibit and invited friends and family in
the community to display any Ricky Van Shelton paintings they had available. Over 40
paintings were exhibited, including landscapes, still life, and portraits.
Ricky enjoys drawing sketches of old homes and/or rustic cabins that he wanders upon
during his long walks through the woods. Four prints of these sketches are available
through the fan club.
"Forgotten", RVS, 1978