Born and bred in the West Midlands, Richard has always aspired to be creative. Loving art as a teenager, Richard decided he’d like to study Fine Art with the view to making his passion his career. However, taking advice from an advisor who told him, “you’ll never make any money as an artist”, he chose to compromise and to study 3D design at Worcester College of Art.
Upon leaving college, frustrated and unsure of his career pathway, Richard turned his mind to music. Whilst spending the next ten years playing in various bands he eventually relocated to Cardiff where he completed a degree in Popular Music and is still based to this day.
Richard never lost his love for art, but it wasn’t until his late twenties that he was inspired to try oil painting and was instantly hooked. Following some early notable gallery success, in 2012 Richard was taken on by a UK based publishing house placing his original artworks and embellished prints in galleries around the UK, gaining collectors for his work worldwide.
Predominantly an oil painter, Richard takes inspiration from his passion for film and music to create dark, edgy scenes of love, life and mystery. His compositions reference both contemporary culture and past eras with a strong sense of narrative which shows that film and music industry influence. The telling of a story being Richard's fundamental concern, he directs photo-shoots with his girlfriend and sets his camera to timer to take the snapshots. Subsequently Richard creates sketches based on these photographs and plans his final paintings.