Southern sports are the heart of many of our fall gatherings in the South. We come together with friends and family to tailgate outside the stadium and throw parties with football-shaped foods to celebrate our favorite teams. We love the SEC and ACC, cheer on our rivalries, and hang signed photographs of Peyton Manning in our living rooms. There's hardly a Southerner that's captured the heart of American sports like Rick Rush, a Tuscaloosa, Alabama-based artist who uses the craft of serigraph printing to make his world-renowned pieces.

Rick started painting around 5 or 6 years old, and his love for playing ball was ignited around the same time. The natural culmination of these two passions, in Rick's case, resulted in his stunning sports art. "I call our printing technique and my painting style Sports Impressionism, because I wanted it to be representative enough that you get some of the details. But I wanted it loose enough that you can feel the action and the motion."

Rick's goal, when he went into business with his friend Don, was to impact the arts for good. This Southern artist has certainly made his mark, representing historical moments in sports so that future generations can come back and experience what it was like to be at the National Championship in 2016, or the Super Bowl, or Wimbledon. "That's one of the things that we try to do and try to do it as excellently as we can. And, hopefully we're going to continue to get better."

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