Richard is an established artist having exhibited his work widely since 1987. He mostly paints portraits, creating bold images that depict a visionary landscape of his own life and times. Richard’s work uses strong brush strokes of acrylic paint as he uses light and shade to create shadow and form in his atmospheric paintings.
His artwork reflects his interest in surrealism and the portrait paintings of Francis Bacon, especially Bacon’s brush work.
Using the proportion of the head to create a grid system Richard draws his subject on canvas, using ball point pen. He then paints the canvas Venetian red before painting the people over it. Venetian red is good for creating the shadows in his compositions.
Richard also does a significant amount of experimental work, building assemblages and experiments with paint and collage in his home studio.