Drawing Dallas • Rick Phillips

With the holiday upon us, floral designing is a labor of love for Dallas’ Rick Phillips

MARK STOKES  | Illustrator
mark@markdrawsfunny.com

Name: Rick Phillips

Occupation: Floral designer

Spotted at: Dog park on Swiss Avenue

Tanned, fit Aquarian Rick Phillips was born in Dallas but raised in neighboring Grand Prairie. He sprouts from a small but creative family: His mother sings opera, his brother is a drummer in a rock band, and his grandmother was also a gifted artist.

Labor of Love: Rick has been creating beautiful floral arrangements for more than 17 years. His first job interview in the business was to create a funeral arrangement. “I almost cut my thumb off,” says Rick, “I think they felt sorry for me. I got the job!”

Studying photography in college led to a natural progression into painting and finally into floral design. The instant gratification he gets from the process satisfies his art muse. Rick says he makes up his arrangements as he goes along. “I have a concept about color and shape when I start, but after that I free-wheel it.” He has been the exclusive florist for a high-profile jewelry store for eight years.

When he’s not handcrafting floral masterpieces, Rick enjoys cooking and shopping vintage and junk shops for awesome shirts and cool coats (and he can’t wait to for the weather to get cooler so he can wear them!) He loves all kinds of music from classical to techno/dance.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition September 2, 2011.

—  Michael Stephens

Video: Why can’t Americans understand concept of *civil* marriage?

More support for “biblical values” pertaining to marriage, complete with the word “fag” at the 1:58 mark and man/donkey comparisons at 6:00:

The thing is: While we’d always push back against his slurs and any attempts to physically encroach in our own life, we actually support this man’s right to put every one of these ideas on faith. His own personal faith. His own personal religious ceremony. His own personal “making sweet love to a goat” fears. His own personal house and family. If only he’d add, “…but despite all of these feelings, I support *civil* equality for LGBT taxpayers,” we’d have no issue with his right to see his religion as supporting these kinds of “facts.”

But that’s what our opponents won’t realize or at least admit. And hey, why should they, when so few are articulating the root issue in this so-called “culture war”?




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