Art Gecko has been in the Verde Valley since 1994, when he moved here to open a business in Sedona. The business was Art Gecko’s Air Wear, which was branding for the name. However, the name “Art Gecko” became associated more and more with Richard, or Rick, as his friends knew him. He has done illustration work for subsidiaries of Lucasfilm, and Paramount Pictures, mostly in the Star Trek and Star Wars franchises.

Previously, Art was very well known for his airbrush work in the Denver area. In the past 20 years of being a Verde Valley artist, he has become a juried member of the Northern Arizona Watercolor Society and has won numerous awards for his watercolor paintings, including “Best of Show” for the 2013 experimental show. Art has done work from auto pinstriping, airbrushed murals, clothing, illustration, oil painting and more.

Art has attended the prestigious IMC (Illustration Master Class) three times and continues the lifelong process of learning. He currently teaches watercolors, watercolor pencils, oil pastels and colored pencil techniques. Soon to be offering plein air workshops for watercolorists in Sedona. Art is available for private commissions, and his work can be found in private residences, and businesses across the Southwest.