Richard spent many hours drawing ‘like a mad-thing’ when he was younger! Usually anything, but in particular it was Pirates, Galleons, fishing boats, war planes, tanks and battleships. The continual drawing proved to be the building blocks of his art, along with weekend trips with his family to Dartmoor. These images of rurality and parochialism would re-emerge in his later work.
At school he was regarded as the ‘best drawer in the school’, and this was swiftly followed by Newton Abbot School of Art, but It wasn’t until Richard turned 30 that he turned to watercolours and a career in painting.
A Torquay Gallery bought most of his work, with one of his paintings being presented to Princess Michael of Kent, after she expressed interest in it at a Devon County show. This was a bit of a boon to his career and confidence, and prompted him to take his work further afield.
Some years later Richard met Alistair Walton, who became a patron, collector and friend. He introduced Richard to John Robertson at the Bourne Gallery in Reigate, where he enjoyed many exhibitions. John has since retired but those exhibitions would prove invaluable for establishing him in the art world.
Richard has exhibited in numerous galleries all over the country, including Godalming Gallery (surrey), RWS Open exhibition (London), Bakehouse Gallery (Cornwall) and Alexander Gallery (Bristol) (Bath) (3 Exhibitions). He was also named as one of the Fine art Trade Guild’s top 4 ‘British artists in print’ in 2013.