The skilled hands and creative mind of Englewood resident Rick Beavers transform cement into works of art.
“I worked with stone as a mason for a lot of years,” he said. “In the '80s we moved to Las Vegas because there was no work around …
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“I worked with stone as a mason for a lot of years,” he said. “In the '80s we moved to Las Vegas because there was no work around here. The guy I worked for a there did a lot of cement sculptures. The first time I did cement sculptures I found I could do things I never knew I could do. I still do stone work but now most of my work is cement sculptures.”
He owns and operates his Creative Rock Solutions. He specializes in creating custom projects in sculptured concrete, ranging from a small lawn waterfall to an extensive backyard recreation area.
“When I am invited to bid on a job I first meet with the owners to learn what elements they want included,” he said. “I then go over the size and theme the owner wants me to create when I do the project in my mind. I then visualize the project in my mind as I create a model of my concept that I show to the customer. If they accept the proposal, I go to work.”
He said all his projects are made of cement. He sculpts the creation out of cement using wire and rebar for strength when it is needed.
“None of the projects are just gray cement,” the Lincoln High School graduate said. “Each project has a theme and I paint the concrete to represent the wood and rocks that fit into the theme of the project.”
He said his home is his test area and it is full of his creations. One of the creations is the headboard of his bed.
“We wanted a headboard on our bed,” he said. “So I went to work while my wife was at work creating our concrete headboard and painted part of it with a forest scene.”
He said he created a few sculptures and recently decided he wanted to make a couple of projects he would enter in the annual Englewood Art Show, held to provide amateur artists a venue to display their works.
“One of the projects I entered in the art show was a lamp,” he said. “I have made lamps for the house but this is a unique project. I painted much of the lamp to look like rocks. Then I created an eagle out of cement for the top of the lamp and painted it the appropriate colors. I thought it came out well.”
He said he really enjoys his work and plans to continue both the custom projects and perhaps a few artworks as long as he is able.
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