"Naming this piece 'Alicia' was sort of tongue-in-cheek and came to me when I completed the piece and hung it in a space next to the piano. I stepped back after hanging it and seeing the two together just spoke to me, 'A painting of seemingly keyboard keys hanging next to the piano... Alicia! Alicia Keys!'. It was definitely an 'aha!' moment.

The original concept came to me while I was nosing around my head for something different to paint. in the following, I expose my typical thought process(s)... "Black. I should have a large black background. Bright colors on a black background. Brightly-colored, hard edge geometry on a black background. Don't hide the black. Okay. so small colored geometry. Unexpected. Do something unexpected. No, do several unexpected things in a small colored space. Large black painting and unexpected whatevers in a very small part of the black background. That's it."

With that information, I moved to the concept phase. I had the brightly colored geometry placed where/how I wanted on the black. Now, that part was sort of unexpected, but I wanted more disruption, so I broke the white key and extended the blue one. Everything came together to my satisfaction. It's a minimalist piece with big impact."

- Rick Ruark

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