Richard was born in Cardiff but lived most of his early years on the edge of rural Derbyshire. He studied the visual arts for five years and successfully completed his degree in art and design. After moving to London Richard worked in the advertising and design industries as a successful art director, illustrator and graphic designer. In 2011 Richard became a full-time professional artist working from his West London studio.
Richard was previously known for his fine portraiture and fastidious oil paintings of clouds. His portrait of singer/songwriter Emeli Sandé was chosen for exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London, as part of the prestigious BP National Portrait Awards. But Richard's 'GPS Trees' drawings now take centre stage. Richard has always been fascinated by nature's wildest and most beautiful formations, particularly trees. Richard now spends much of his time searching the UK for beautiful trees to admire, draw and share with the world.
Richard's keen interest in tree conservation underpins much of his work. Richard will occasionally draw trees that might be threatened with destruction or are in need of our general support. Drawing these trees helps to raise awareness. Selling the drawings of these trees helps to raise necessary funds ... trees helping trees!
In 2018 Richard's artistic reputation and deep appreciation of trees earned him an invitation to work with Woodland Trust to choose the shortlist for England's annual 'Tree of the Year' competition.
Richard is currently planning a 2019 exhibition of his 'GPS Trees'