by Ricker Winsor – In his first book, Pakuwon City Ricker Winsor wrote about his adventurous international life which started early and has continued into the ripening of years. Chasing love and new experience, he lived in Mexico as a teenager and later rode a motorcycle through Europe and into North Africa, living with beatnik expats and befriending local people , falling in love. As an international teacher in Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Trinidad he continued a deep exploration of the world.
Ricker is a writer and a painter and also a professional blues musician with three cd’s to his credit and years of experience performing. He came of age in New York City between the time of the beats and the time of the hippies. He has worked as a photojournalist, as a cabinetmaker, as a teacher, and as an exhibiting artist. He has known some of the great artists and thinkers of his time. In The Painting of My Life he writes with an honesty and simplicity that approaches poetry.
Ricker lives in Bali, Indonesia with his Chinese Indonesian wife, Jovita.
“I always tell my art students, ‘The greatest art work is your own life, what you include in and what you include out.’ The Yankee baseball catcher, Yogi Berra said, ”When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” I took it and then took it again. This is a book about growing up and my spiritual development in a confusing world. This is the painting of my life.” – Riker Winsor
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