Richard studied fine art at Hereford College of Art and at Gloucestershire University & he exhibits throughout England and Wales.
A painter specialising in depicting trees and woodland, Richard seeks to capture the atmosphere of particular places in all weathers and seasons & he is an invited member of The Arborealists, a national group of artists united around the theme of trees.
‘My mother instilled in me a lifelong fascination with trees with their ever changing form and colour, vulnerability and strength. Drawing and painting deepens one’s appreciation of their individual character and presence, and part of the joy of working outdoors is the frequent encounters with wildlife. Bird song, lapping water and the crackle of frost seem impossible to paint, but I love the challenge of trying to weave them into my work.’
Richard spends much of his time outdoors, sitting quietly in one location making sketches, sound recordings, photo’s and notes – once back in his attic studio all this material is distilled slowly into watercolours and oil paintings.
As artist-in-residence with Herefordshire Wildlife Trust, Richard is currently working on a three year project ‘Treescapes of Herefordshire’, focusing on their flagship reserves at Birches Farm, Bodenham Lake and North Wood – part of Queenswood Country Park.