Richard is a Newbury-based artist who takes his inspiration from photographs and films, which he has always had a keen interest in.
Born in Buckinghamshire, his deep interest in art was first realised at Sixth Form College in Eastleigh, where he studied graphic design and was particularly keen on technical drawing. He then went on to study at Portsmouth Art College, before moving to Falmouth College of Arts, gaining a degree in Graphic Information Design. These courses allowed him to explore various artistic elements, including sculpture, video, film, photography and fine art, which all still influence him today.
After graduating he worked as a graphic designer, but he realised that he felt too restricted by a brief and wanted to be more expressive in his work, which was always an emotional outlet for him.
Richard, who has been married to Jane for the past six years, then worked for a number of companies before moving to work as a Learning Support Mentor at Newbury College, where he has been for the past seven years.
He began painting seriously again around six years ago, when he had the ‘time and the space to do it’.
“My art is a form of expression at that time and I like the freedom that people can read whatever they like into my paintings,” he says. “There is no given format. You develop a style within the media you use and it is always just a continuing development. I use key ideas I learnt at college and keep an open mind when I begin.”
Richard has successfully exhibited at Newbury Town Hall on a number of occasions and regularly takes commissions.
He now uses his art as a form of expression and says it has been a cathartic outlet for him in recent years, after he was diagnosed with cancer of the tongue. Richard says he used his time off work positively by pouring his energy into his painting.
“Because I was painting at the time I got a lot of positivity from it,” Richard says. “Although it all came as a shock, I had some positive inspiration. I was off work but I enjoyed that time and used it positively to paint.” He has now been given the all clear and returned to work.
Richard, who also has a love of rock music, has been working on a number of new pieces for Artex, including his feature painting, which was inspired by dawn and dusk photographs he had taken across the Newbury skyline.