Richard's inspiration comes from an ability to paint the subject matter in numerous ways that express colour, texture, form and composition. He experiments with pastels by combining them with other mediums such as gouache, watercolour, oil pastel and oil paint on a variety of prepared and unprepared grounds of paper and board.
The medium Richard mainly uses is chalk pastel and oil pastel, diluted with white spirit, aswell as thinly applied oil paint. He uses this as an under-painting on thick watercolour paper. He then uses a gum-arabic spray at various stages to create texture and build up the image in layers. Home made paints and pigments, made from raw pigments are incorporated in the works to extend the colour range and textures. Richard believes in using colours that are light-fast and materials that are durable. He often works on a number of paintings at one time. He works from life, but sometimes use photographs as another point of reference. He believes that the construction of an image is of vital importance, so he makes continuos adjustments to his paintings as he progresses.
29 January 1943 Born in Goring, West Sussex.
1966 - 1969 Studied Fine Art at West Sussex College of Art.
1969 - 1972 Studied under William Cartledge RI, RSMA.
1973 - 1989 Studied under Gyula Sajo, former president of Applied Art and Architecture at the Budapest Academy, Hungary.
1983 Elected into the Pastel Society.
2002 Littlehampton Museum.
1995 Worthing Museum.
1990 Fairfields Hall, Croydon.
1989, 1988, 1987 Societe Pastelistes de France, international show.
Pastel Artist International ‘Taking chances for daring Pastels’
Leisure Painter ‘Coastal scenes in Pastel’
The Pastel Society Pastel Painting and Drawing ‘Who’s in Art?’