Name: Joe Richichi
Hometown: Glens Falls, NY
Current Town: Basseterre, Saint Kitts, Caribbean Islands
I started my artwork in Glens Falls, NY, where I was recognized as early as elementary school for having an ability to draw. In high school I took my first drawing class, and more officially found my niche. My first self portrait (which is now plaqued and hanging in GF High) put my artwork on the map in my school, and my other work began being noticed by my entire class. A drawing of New York City form atop the Empire State Building kickstarted my art career, being featured in 3 publications, hung in a museum, won countless awards, and the cover of the school calendar for that year, being distributed to thousands of homes.
After high school I took my artistic ability to a portfolio review where I was offered scholarships by University of Hartford, Rochester Institute of Technology, and the College of Saint Rose. None of which did I take, I decided to stay in my hometown and get my Associates in Communication Media Arts at Suny Adirondacks. During my first few years of college, I displayed my work in the means of 5 personal art shows at local restaurants and art galleries.
Working three years and not finding a career route for my artwork, I found my calling to go a completely different route, and become a veterinarian. I packed my things and moved to north central florida in Gainesville, where I earned my Bachelors in Animal Science at the University Of Florida in 2016. Once in Florida, I continued to draw, and try new things, which led to my first colored pencil pet portrait of my fathers dog, Kyra. Until now, I had done pet portraits in black and white, while being somewhat afraid of adding color to my work. This drawing was a risk, but had a huge payout. I posted it online and was asked almost immediately by dozens to draw pictures of their dog next.
With my love for animals, I began on the path of becoming a Veterinarian and was accepted into the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine on the island of Saint Kitts & Nevis in the Caribbean. My commissioned drawings have slowed down but are still being completed while I continue this journey, so stay tuned!
Thank you for taking the time to read my bio, I am looking forward to seeing your requests soon!