Richard has always drawn and painted. After leaving school he began an apprenticeship with Thomas De La Rue, learning to design bank notes and stamps. After three years, he realised it wasn’t for him and left. He completed a Fine Art Degree in painting at West Surrey College of Art, Farnham.His artistic influences are: Paul Nash, Edward Burra, Graham Sutherland and the Surrealists.
His main inspiration comes from the landscape. Exmoor when he was a child, but having recently moved to Bovey Tracey, Dartmoor is his main subject now, He loves the drama of the Tors and reading about the folklore of the area. The “melancholy moor”, as Conan Doyle described it, in the Hound of the Baskervilles. It has a Gothic beauty. He works predominantly in acrylic on board. I like the versatility of the paint, as you can use it like watercolour or oil.
Richard has exhibited in London, Exeter and Penzance in group and solo exhibitions. His work has been collected by the Marquis of Bath, for his private collection and recent work sold to an American collector.