Richard grew up in the port town of Lowestoft and his familiarity with the maritime environment has provided a recurrent theme in his paintings.
Working mostly in oils, light is often the focus of his work, and he is especially fond of the delicate and transient quality of light that is so characteristic of the east coast of Britain.
Richard prefers to work from sketches made on the scene, as photographs often fail to capture the subject matter in sufficient detail. Although the artist often adds figurative elements to his work, these are merely incidental, and landscapes and seascapes tend to be his main subjects. When working on a particularly detailed commission, Richard will make every effort to meet the client's specifications, but strives to retain the ability to 'put his own stamp' on the work. A medium-sized painting will typically take two weeks to complete.