Jack Rickard


  • "Best framers in the city, I’ve used and been their client for 25+ years. No job too small or large. ‘Can’t do’ is NOT in their vocabulary. It’s an absolute pleasure doing business with them."



    "Best framers in the city, I’ve used and been their client for 25+ years. No job too small or large. ‘Can’t do’ is NOT in their vocabulary. It’s an absolute pleasure doing business with them."


    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Karen Rapp,  ASID

  • "Esprit Decor delivers perfectly professional service. We have been using them for years for various framing needs and the end product always look wonderful. Most recently they produced a “shadow box” for us with a picture of a grand opening event, some ribbon from the event, along with a pair of scissors and a silver plate with the event details. I appreciate being able to bring in a vague idea and letting them create works of art."

    "Esprit Decor delivers perfectly professional service. We have been using them for years for various framing needs and the end product always look wonderful. Most recently they produced a “shadow box” for us with a picture of a grand opening event, some ribbon from the event, along with a pair of scissors and a silver plate with the event details. I appreciate being able to bring in a vague idea and letting them create works of art."

    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Amber Ehrlich

  • "Unbelievable service! The work was incredibly fast but remained impressively thorough. They listened to my concerns and understood my goals with the projects I brought them, providing much needed advice and suggestions. Pat, Robert and the rest of your crew, I can’t thank you enough for your beautiful work and amazing service for our fundraiser last week. I will definitely be back!"

    "Unbelievable service! The work was incredibly fast but remained impressively thorough. They listened to my concerns and understood my goals with the projects I brought them, providing much needed advice and suggestions. Pat, Robert and the rest of your crew, I can’t thank you enough for your beautiful work and amazing service for our fundraiser last week. I will definitely be back!"

    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Michelle

  • "I have been getting art framed at Esprit Decor for years. Pat and his staff are extremely helpful, visual people who provide excellent suggestions. Our entire office was decorated with Pat’s photographic images and it looks amazing! You cannot go wrong with Esprit Decor."

    "I have been getting art framed at Esprit Decor for years. Pat and his staff are extremely helpful, visual people who provide excellent suggestions. Our entire office was decorated with Pat’s photographic images and it looks amazing! You cannot go wrong with Esprit Decor."

    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Ed C

“The flickering blue flame from the gas stove in the living room of our home gave just enough light to read by. Kansas farms had electricity by the 1950s and with a flip of a switch the room could have been illuminated, but when the last of the family had gone to bed I turned off the lights throughout the house. I was ten years old and in the firelight it was easy to imagine myself as Abe Lincoln reading by his fireplace, or Jeddiah Smith fingering his crumpled maps somewhere beyond the fringes of the frontier. I read The Deerslayer, The Last of the Mohicans, and The Pathfinder, frayed pages packed with valiant heroes, cruel villains, Indian raids, stories of courage, rescue, love and death. Unlike our farm, there were forests, lakes, treacherous rapids, waterfalls, mountains and high cliffs. I saw Natty Bumppo, not in “the drab hues of reality,” but as one who ran full speed alongside Chingachgook through the dense green pageantry of my books. It was not just the enchanting stories that illuminated the nights. It was the illustrations of Howard Pyle and N.C. Wyeth that made Robert Louis Stevenson and James Fennimore Cooper truly memorable. Pyle and Wyeth helped me to paddle a canoe across a glassy lake, ride a stage through clouds of dust, fight Hurons on a cliff, and know what it was like to be marooned on a Pacific island. “The Delaware’s have given me my name,” Deerslayer said. “Not so much on account of a bold heart, as on account of a quick eye and an active foot.” I spent much of the night by his side, his words circling the ceiling like dense heavy smoke.”

“In that room, in front of the fire, the books came alive, night after night, to assault my being with images of painted warriors and leather-clad frontiersmen. It was a world within a world and the pictures passed through mine as easily as a tomahawk through a pumpkin. I kept reading because I loved the firelight and the illustrations and how they carried me beyond the plains where a cold wind that smacked of snow had entombed me for the winter. The books and pictures filled in the gaps of my education. I read them slowly, the firelight flickering on every page.”

Jack Rickard is an artist, author, athlete, poet, teacher, and historian. He has had numerous one-man shows in Arizona and California of his watercolors and as a collage artist presented major art exhibitions depicting the myths and folk tales of Japanese Kabuki drama. He is the author of Late Night Lanterns, and Change in the Weather, poetry collections published by Windstorm Creative. He received his Ph.D. in adult education and history from Arizona State University.In 2011 he was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame, College of Emporia, Kansas, and in 2013 he was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the college for his accomplishments in literature, art, and education.