At 11 years of age Richard started painting and drawing from observation the fishing fleet at Leigh-on-Sea, Essex. Encouraged to simply paint ‘anything’ he quickly was drawn to paint atmospheric conditions and light effects.
His childhood heroes were Vic Ellis and Sheila Fairman. Later he studied at Portsmouth – where he developed an interest in figure painting, interiors and portraiture. In fact his degree show was a show of portraits and figure paintings. The everyday people, situations and places were his subjects.
Richard then moved to London and worked as a production design lecturer at the London International Film School having had an intensive period of instruction from his mentors Peter Proud (Production Designer) and Gareth Jones.
In 2001 he started to make his own images again. Back in the life room and very much motivated and encouraged by his new mentor John Bowen he soon resumed his painting.
Richard has shown work at the NEAC, R.O.I., R.S.M.A, R.W.A. annual opens and the “Not the RA Summer Show”. He currently has work with Manya Igel Fine Arts and various other galleries. In 2005 he won the Charles Pears memorial award for best painting by a non member at the R.S.M.A.
In 2012 Richard was appointed to The Royal Institute of Oil Painters (The ROI). Richard also teaches part-time and values highly the stimulus of his students.
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