In our ATAS Artist Spotlight series, we take a deeper dive into our artists through their work and the creative process and stories behind them.
Ricci Gertz is a Montana-based artist known for her bright, clean, and elegant digital illustrations. Her artwork is influenced by vintage travel ads, Miyazaki movies, anime, Charley Harper, and the Legend of Zelda series. When Ricci is not drawing, she enjoys traveling, camping, hiking, and kayaking. A motto that Ricci goes by is to “try to do one thing everyday that makes you uncomfortable or stretches you”.
This interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity.
“I wanted to support the cause with my art“
What is your creative process?
Ricci: I first sketch and then jump right in and lay out shapes and colors.
Which one of your works is your favorite?
Ricci: Any of my landscapes. I hated doing landscapes but now they give me a sense of closeness and peace with the Glacier National Park.
If you could travel to any place in the world, where would you go?
Ricci: Hokkaido, Japan
What is your favorite piece of artwork that is not your own?
Ricci: Yuzu Mori’s abstract water designs and anything by Charley Harper.
What do you listen to while you work?
Ricci: Audiobooks, “My Favorite Murder”, “Jensen and Holes”, “Stuff You Should Know”, and lo-fi hip hop.
Why did you decide to become an ATAS artist?
Ricci: Someone graciously reached out to me and I wanted to support the cause with my art.