Rick L. Bartholomew


Rick Bartholomew is an interior designer with over forty years of practicum experience in residential, commercial, and furniture design. He has a Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Science (Interior Design) degrees from Oklahoma State University, of which, he formerly served as a professor teaching in the Interior Design program in the Department of Design, Housing, and Merchandising. Professor Bartholomew was tenured at OSU during his seventeen years of teaching experience. Rick currently conducts hand sketching and rendering workshops for schools of interior and architectural design, and one-on-one workshops for professional design firms.

Rick’s area of specialization is furniture design and presentation techniques. He has designed furniture pieces for exhibition and gallery showrooms in Oklahoma, Arizona, New Mexico, New York, Houston, and Chicago in addition to ownership of a copyrighted furniture collection inspired by Native American history and culture. Rick was a design consultant for a national retail fixture and custom furnishings manufacturer and his current work includes working with design and furniture manufacturing firms in developing furnishings and furniture components, as well as conducting sketching and color rendering workshops across the country.

Rick’s passion, in addition to furnishings design, is dedicated to teaching students and practitioners the art and necessity of handsketching techniques and color marker and watercolor rendering illustrations. He also strives to foster the importance of quality visual presentation composition and information graphics. His is personally inspired by Native American history and culture, the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, Georgia O’Keeffe, Nicolai Fechin, Art Deco, and contemporary design.