Richard Tratt is always inspired by the natural world and by Britain’s lush and diverse landscape. His paintings are centered mainly on my local area of Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire. So many exciting variations occur from Chalk Downland to New Forest lowland heath and westwards to the fabulous Dorset coast.
Richard work in oils on canvas. He spends a lot of time outdoors researching his subjects and sometimes painting in the basis of the landscape. Most of the paintings are brought indoors for completion of finer details in the studio. Richard is usually working on five or more paintings at any one time! When doing commissioned paintings he is quite happy to work from photographs.
1953 Born in Enfield, Hertfordshire
1970 - 1972 Northwich College of Art
1972 - 1974 Dartington College of Arts
1979 Became full time artist
1981 Elected to the SWLA
1986 Elected to SBA
1994 Painted two murals in Sultan of Oman’s Palace
Society of Botanical Artists
1996 First prize Art in Nature Competition sponsored by The Artist magazine.
2008 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
2008 Wildlife Artist of the Year Exhibition
2008 Breamore one man exhibition
2007 New Forest Painters
2005 Nature in Art Museum – one man show
2000 Tokyo one man exhibition
1998 Tokyo one man exhibition Peter Hedley Gallery - 3 one man shows Work on permanent display at Nature in Art Museum, Gloucester
Butterfly Landscapes ISBN no. 1-904078-15-X published by Langford Press. A book of Richard Tratts paintings showing all the British butterfly species in their natural habitat.