Richard paints mainly figurative landscape and figure work, plus some still life. He likes to tell a story or express an emotional response to a subject whilst emphasising light and colour in his own style. He is influenced by Monet, Van Gogh, Gill and Matisse. He works towards "neo post impressionist", graphic or academic renderings. He very much abhors the lack of drawing skill, rarely seen in contemporary 'conceptual' art which he sees as less art, more craft, often churned out by studio helpers, not by the artist. Artists such as Hockney and Hopper in the USA are examples of good modern representational drafting and painting skills. Marija Posso, New York curator and publicist says: "I really enjoy your art, especially the visceral, landscape paintings. Each piece conveys a sense of endless wonder and imagination. Your stylistic approach reminds me of reflections, memories and dreams combined with reality. I find these works to be thoughtful, moving, and I'd like to know more about them." Before taking up painting seriously in various media, Richard spent 40 years as a graphic designer, specialising in corporate branding and marketing. He has now taken up his brush and reverted to memories of an early training at Croydon Art School in the '60's. He learned much from Ken Bates in Epsom Adult Education, before being asked to take a class. He teaches drawing and painting privately. He likes to work 'en plein air' when possible. He is influenced by light, colour and the telling a story in a painting. His work is exhibited with the Painter Stainers Fine Art Society, the Dorking Group of Artists, B Gallery, and at www.saatchionline.com/profile/178864. He won Bronze Frame in the 2015 international ArTTable Be Still competition with a watercolour still life.