Richard was born and brought up in Sheffield. He trained as a graphic designer, and then set up his own business, attracting a number of high profile clients. Whilst providing him with a source of income it has also encouraged the development of his art. Richard admits to enjoying the contrast between the technical exactness against the freedom he allows himself in his painting.
A lover of classical music and a keen walker, Richard gathers his inspiration in the Peak District, the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District; occasionally making a quick sketch, but generally absorbing the atmosphere before laying it onto a canvas with a palette knife in a riot of acrylic hues.
Richard is colour blind, but insists that it has never caused him any problems as he is more interested in capturing the “spirit of a landscape” than reproducing it.