Born in Texas, Ric studied drawing and printmaking at East Texas State University. Begging his way onto a Dallas public radio station, he pretended to be an intellectual and music aficionado so he could be multiple personalities on a program called Apeweek. He later earned an MFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Inspired by a slew of comics, the "Hairy Who?" avante-garage music, folk art and pop culture, Ric quit work as a carpenter to illustrate and design.
As a production designer and art director, Ric has worked in film and television, network ID, commercial campaigns, and music videos. He has garnered three EMMY awards for co- production design and art direction for Pee-wee's Playhouse, an internationally syndicated children's television series.
Ric directs, designs, animates and puppeteers on advertising campaigns as diverse as Snapple and Hallmark to Bacardi and Sprint. In television and animation, Ric has directed stop-motion animation for the FOX-TV series, PJs with Eddie Murphy. He co-wrote and directed fifteen flash animated shorts, interactive games and two series, The Banana Splits and The Pink Donkey Goes to Japan for Cartoon Network.
As a twenty year member of the Screen Actors Guild, Ric has supplied voices and puppeteered a number of characters for Cartoon Network, Children's Television Workshop, MTV, CBS-TV and Paramount Pictures.
Ric has enjoyed teaching at Calarts and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and lectures on design, animation and art. When he is not designing or directing, Ric can be found making something in his studio in Los Angeles.