Richard was born in London in 1951. He grew up and was educated in Surrey. From an early age it was his deepest wish to be an artist. He was strongly influenced by the English Pre-Raphaelites and early Dutch masters.
He entered Reigate School of Art and Design as a full-time student in 1974. During his studies there, exploring various styles, he discovered the Surrealists and, in particular the work of Salvador Dali. With the marriage of all these diverse influences he arrived at his own unique style. He gained his Diploma in Fine Art in 1977 and took up full-time self-employment as an artist, specialising in portraiture and still-life subjects, showing at local exhibitions and galleries in Surrey.
Richard moved to Lincolnshire in 1980. From 1982-1984 he gave private tuition to two amateur painting groups and started to paint pet portraits. He moved to Wragby in 1986 where he now works from his studio at his home, which he shares with his wife Frances. He is a regular exhibitor at open exhibitions and galleries in Lincolnshire. He gives demonstrations in oil painting and holds regular one-day workshops for local art groups. Take a look at Richard's Galleries for his Pet portraits, Surreal and Still-life paintings. Many of the paintings are for sale.
Richard has received numerous commissions from major greetings card companies and his paintings have been reproduced as prints, greetings cards and calendars. He has now started to produce his own fine art limited edition prints of some of his work. Richard now attracts considerable interest in his work from private UK and overseas clients, and his paintings and pet portraits are in private collections throughout Europe and the USA.
Music is another of Richard's great passions, so don't forget to check his music website at Old Black Dog Records for news and information about the CD's, lyrics to the songs, and lots more. There are links to other music sites that you may be interested in.
Richard has now lauched his own independant record label promoting his own music. Click on the banner to visit the site for more information and join the mailing list for regular updates.