• Ciao! Here's the official intro to Ric Rapell, a/k/a Tricky, and thus, trickyessential. {Fair warning}: I speak in the third person sometimes. Tricky is of French, German and Polish descent. I'm an artist, alternatively known as a 'creative'. You may find me entrenched in the communities of the creative class, wherever they exist and art is considered important. P.S. - Although I'm a fan of the artist Tricky from England, I am not him.

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Champion of the Romantic Era

It appears as a foreign language to those who can’t read a score. It’d be a shame to dismiss so quickly, because there’s one thing we all share that unlocks it and allows us to ‘read’ its notes, and that’s our heart. Sergei Rachmaninoff {1873–1943} was a champion of expression and grandiose melodies, considered by some, … Continue reading

Safe House {Notes on a Former Refuge}

It was strong, sequestered, secure. It had great bones! It was a place the artist went to compose, conceptualize, create, rest and later, revise. It was a former piano factory in the heart of downtown in a community of the creative class. It was luxurious in its renewed spirit, newly opulent since its heyday. Where … Continue reading

Pennsylvania, 1845

I was born in Pennsylvania. Abington to be exact. Although I grew up in Rochester, NY, my first year of life was spent in Willow Grove, PA. Later, I revisited my home state to attend college in Philadelphia. Recently, with camera in tow, I went to the old Slate Hill Cemetery in Yardley, PA. Entering … Continue reading

The Exquisite Concert Grand Piano

It’s a thing of beauty… the sheer grandeur of a full size concert grand! Have you viewed one up–close? For a pianist, it’s a thrill to take command of such an exacting and powerful instrument. It takes years of arduous study for a pianist to master the instrument in live performance. Even still, a large … Continue reading

Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso

Mercy! Now, there’s a name to live up to. Imagine having to do that in your lifetime! It appears, that’s exactly what Pablo Picasso was able to accomplish on earth. He was a renegade of sorts. As a pioneer of a fledgling movement known as Cubism, along with its co–founder, Georges Braque, Picasso was considered … Continue reading

Extinguished, Crimson & Ash

Well, here’s a brief post everyone. I’ve got writer’s block for a spell. I thought I’d leave you with an editorial shot that exemplifies what my mind is experiencing today. Fall is underway in the Northeastern US and I plan to capture some brilliant color with my Nikon camera. Best!

Berlin Wall Art Installations, 1961 and Why Art Matters

I was born in 1961. At about 10 weeks shy of my birth, the Berlin Wall was under construction in Germany. Whoa! It’s a connection by heritage for me, considering I’m part German. I’ve never been, although I’ve heard for years how inspiring and vibrant Berlin is for artists and culture. My friend Finbarr has … Continue reading

Art Up-Close {The Experience}

What is it? It’s from an art exhibit I attended in Pennsylvania. What does it mean to you? That’s entirely your interpretation and a good example of the ‘experience’. It pales in comparison to view a fraction of a three–dimensional art installation photographed up–close. It becomes another thing altogether when viewed as a body of … Continue reading