Paintings by Alice Constantine Rica
As an oil painter, I am fascinated by how light affects
both form and mood, whether I am attempting to depict
an orchid or a gesture.
My passion for art has been life-long. I was tutored by
San Francisco Impressionist Jerry Fresia and
California realist Bette Holland while pursuing other
careers, including a Masters of Social Work degree,
real estate broker, and owner of a bakery/art gallery.
In 2002 I was able to begin painting full time. My color choices and subject matter have been
influenced by the tropics as well as extensive travel in Europe and Africa. I lived in Costa Rica for
ten years, where I was mentored by New York Impressionist Al Alexander. I participated in juried
and solo shows, including country-wide Arte in San Jose, Costa Rica (2010). I was profiled in The
Tico Times and Atenas Today.
Upon my return to the United States I settled in Black Mountain, North Carolina, captured by the
beauty of the area and the active arts community. Over the next two years, I became a member of
the Swannanoah Valley Fine Art League and co-chair of the Elbow Gallery at the Monte Vista
Hotel. I participated in juried exhibits, including the Bi-Annual Black Mountain Center for the Arts
(2012), and the 2013 Blue-to-Black Artist's Studio Tour. I was selected for a four-person group
show at the Monte Vista Hotel and a solo show at The Artisan Cafe in Black Mountain in 2014..
After three years in Seattle, I returned to North Carolina in the Fall of 2017, where the mountains
and waterfalls continue to inspire me and the artistic community encourages my creative growth. I
am represented by Tsartistry Gallery in Franklin, NC, and have a solo exhibit at the Franklin
Health Club. I am a member of Oil Painters of America, Highlands-Cashiers Art League, and the
Swannanoah Valley Fine Art League.