Rice, originally from Corning, Ark., graduated from ASUMH in December of 2010 with an Associate of Arts degree.
While working on his associates degree, Rice took an art class from instructor Debra Hargrove, and enjoyed it so much he took at least one more art class for the next three semesters.
Rice prefers the non-representational art form and enjoys watching people see what they want to in his work.
"I have one piece that some people see bones in; others have said they see the explosion of knowledge, and still others see just paint," said Rice. His inspiration is Tim Burton and Dr. Theodor "Seuss" Giesel -- not for the pictures they create but because they let their imaginations tell stories.
Color and movement are the qualities Rice tries to create and manipulate the most.
In the fall of 2012, Rice will attend the Academy of Art University in San Francisco where he will pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
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