Rick Showalter, 1949 ~ 2008

Moab resident Rick Showalter, 58, passed away Oct. 1, 2008 at his home after a courageous battle with melanoma brain cancer. At his side were his loving wife. Cookie, and his family.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Cookie Showalter, his son, Ken Heili (Jennifer), his daughter, Amy Scares (Nick Nowak), his stepdaughter, Kelly Houck, his grandchildren, T.J. Saverse, Ashley Marie Embry, Breanna Engstrom, Michael Heili, Autumn Scares, Justin Houck, Jayden Heili-Hart, and David Logan-Heili, his niece, Clarissa VanMeter, and by his uncles, Keith Showalter and Arden Showalter. He is preceded in death by his sister, Beth Showalter, his father, Leo Showalter, and by his mother, Fern Showalter.

As a Grand County employee for county road maintenance. Rick spent several years traveling and mapping every back road in the area. The natural world was always a source of beauty for Rick, and a source of inspiration for his art work as well. Before moving to Moab, Rick’s artistic skills enabled him to work as the lead designer, draftsman and illustrator for the Kitt Peak National Observatory in Tucson, Ariz.

It is his artistic skills for which Rick will long be remembered. His appreciation for the natural beauty of Moab inspired his finely crafted, memorable renderings of the Colorado Plateau. His knowledge of geology, astronomy, archaeology, and anthropology contributed significantly to his art, which was also influenced by psychology, philosophy, and the Surrealist art movement of the early 20th century. Because Rick was well-read in all these disciplines, his art was deep and rich. As a result, Rick Showalter was able to produce some of the most original and evocative visions of the Colorado Plateau.

His art prints have been collected by people from all parts of this country, as well as by international visitors. In honor of Rick’s unrelenting dedication to his artistic vision, there will be a retrospective of his artwork in the near future.

Please watch for news of this important exhibit by one of Moab’s true originals. Some of Rick’s artwork may also be seen in the gallery section of his website: www.surrealartstudio.com.