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If you have a general idea of what you’d like produced, and can convey that in some way, I can likely be of service. If you have a very specific design or style in mind, and can convey that, I can still probably help you out. My job is to prepare something my clients want and can use. I will make suggestions when they are warranted and take them when they are given. I try very hard to please my customers and endeavor to make that my number one priority.

As a freelance artist located in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC, I have generated work for clients across the U.S. as well as Great Britain and Australia for almost twenty years. I’m just as interested in doing good work for an individual or a small company as I am in doing work for large corporations. One-time requests or long-term projects… I’ll be honored by your consideration.

If I can create something for you, please contact me. Click on the “Contacting the Artist” link at the top of the page for information. I have received instructions for projects via a variety of methods: over the phone, by e-mail, by fax, by mail, and in person. Whatever works best for you will work for me. I look forward to hearing from you.

Equipment Currently in Use:

  • Mac G5 Dual 2.3 GHz Desktop
  • Mac G4 Dual 500MHz Desktop
  • Mac G3 iBook Laptop
  • E-Machines 733 MHz E-Tower
  • Epson 2200 7-color InkJet Printer/Proofer
  • Epson Stylus R300 7-color Printer
  • Hewlett-Packard OfficeJet G85xi Multi-Function (Fax, Print, Scan, Copy)
  • DVD and CD Write and Rewrite Drives
  • Iomega Zip Drives (100MB/250MB)
  • 640MB & 2.3GB Fujitsu M.O. Drives
  • Minolta Dimage Scan Dual III Slide Scanner
  • Epson Expression 4990 Dual Capacity Flatbed Photo Scanner
  • Canon PowerShot S400 4 MegaPixel Digital Camera


  • Cable modem and wireless local area network (802.11b)

Programs with Most Proficiency:

  • Adobe Illustrator (Vector Based Illustration)
  • Adobe GoLive (Website Design and Management)
  • Adobe InDesign (Desktop Publishing)
  • Adobe LiveMotion (Flash Animation)
  • Adobe Photoshop (Pixel-Based Painting and Photo Manipulation)
  • Quark Xpress (Desktop Publishing)

Additional Programs Available:

  • Adobe Dimensions (3D Rendering)
  • Adobe Pagemaker (Desktop Publishing)
  • Corel Bryce (Landscape Rendering)
  • Corel Painter (Pixel-Based Painting and Drawing)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint (Slide Presentations)
  • Microsoft Word (Word Processing)

Illustrative Proficiencies:

I enjoy creating cartoons and prefer a simplistic style in other forms of illustration. I also have extensive experience doing technical drawing. I can create a style to satisfy almost any need; the only limitations are time constraints and the client’s budget.

Design Proficiencies:

I am most accomplished at logo design — I have created hundreds, and digitally remastered hundreds more! — and print pieces that require a high-tech look. My personal preference is for design that is simple and clean, but I have worked successfully with dozens of clients who love to fill every available inch of print material with copy. I enjoy putting a graphic look to web sites and am also accomplished in working through the logistics of site navigation.

If you see a style that you like somewhere on this site, chances are you will be more than pleased with what I can create for you.


The graphic arts industry has undergone a monumental change in the last 15 to 20 years, moving from a series of time-intensive, hand-generated tasks to ones prepared much more quickly and done mainly at a computer workstation. Many of us who had been trained in the older skills were forced to embrace the new age or risk being left behind. While I still love to draw on paper by hand, I have adapted and thrived on the variety and flexibility computers have come to offer.

Indeed, my experiences with the “old ways” of doing art have given me a decided advantage in my current work. While some schools still teach the basics of balance and spacing and the theories of color, many ignore them in favor of a concentration on what the computers have been programmed to do. I have found the experience of transitioning to a digital world very enlightening and have made every effort to stay abreast of changes and improvements in technology. In this way, I have enhanced my background in fundamentals by becoming an expert in the use of several graphics programs, most notably Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. (You’ll see the samples showcased on this site reflect this!)

The majority of the work on this site was primarily produced digitally. The exceptions include the color illustrations of the Wizard and the statues from the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial in the illustration section; most of the drawings in the black and white illustration section; and most of the cartoons. Many designs, logo concepts and other illustrations start as pen or pencil sketches that are scanned into the computer for fine-tuning, coloring and finishing. If you have questions regarding any of the art I have produced, please feel free to contact me. (See the "Contacting the Artist" link above.)

All artwork and designs or portions generated and displayed on this site are the sole property of the artist. All finished artwork and designs submitted to clients or their representative(s) are expected to be used only as originally intended. Additional uses are not permitted without expressed written consent of the artist or his representative.


"We have found Rick's work to be outstanding. The jobs are completed on time and his prices have always been very reasonable."
Sandi King, Marketing Director, Hewlett-Packard

"I have worked closely with Rick Clark on hundreds of projects over 15 years. He has always done an outstanding job."
Bob Holtje, Holtje Communications Group

"Your recent cleanup of my hospital plaque job logo was incredibly good. Not only did you do it in less than 24 hours, but you also turned poor quality into excellent quality, provided the file to me in 3 formats to help my layout, and did all this with your always cheerful attitude. It’s a pleasure working with you. Well Done!"
Todd Meloy, President, Crystalake Engravers

"I could not have made a better selection in finding a designer willing to work with me until I was completely satisfied. I'm looking forward to our next project."
Chris Gwin, President, BeeLabor Janitorial Services

"Thank you! Thank you! Superb job! Great design and layout. It is all I had hoped for. And thank you for getting it done in record time. I know you must have sacrificed some family time, so thanks to them as well."
Reverend Amos Dodge, Pastor, Capital Church


I have supported several not-for-profit organizations on a regular basis. These include the Southeast White House, the Greenbriar Learning Center, the Lay Counselor Institute and the Columbia Heights West Teen Photo Project.

The Southeast White House: Located in southeast DC, the SE White House is an innercity ministry focused on community service in the form of mentorships for children, sponsorships of sports programs, job training programs and a learning center. The White House sponsors regular community related meetings, block parties, child care, community clean-up programs and many other activities intended to help improve resident’s lives in the "forgotten quaduant" of the District.

The Greenbriar Learning Center: Located in South Arlington, Virginia, Greenbriar’s focus is on bringing positive changes to the lives of children and teenagers in the area as well as their families and the community in general through after school and weekend projects and activities.

The Lay Counselor Institute: The LCI organization was founded for the purpose of finding and training caring individuals to augment churches in their efforts to counsel church members dealing with the myriad of challenges that face today’s families. The institute sponsors weekend training seminars, helps run church sponsored classes and other support programs.

The Columbia Heights West Teen Photo Project: Centered in the Arlington Mill Community Center, the CHW Teen Photo Project is an ongoing effort to encourage teens to celebrate their heritage through projects involving photography and graphic design. The project sponsors shows featuring photos, essays and other creative efforts produced by the teens and also generates a community calendar and a neighborhood newsletter.





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