Originally from Sheffield, Richard graduated in 1994 from Goldsmith’s College, London with a PGC in Fine Art, having gained his BA (Hons) in Fine Art from University College of Ripon and York St John in 1992.
Richard has long been concerned with the effects of light, and the physicality of paint. His move into working with hot beeswax (encaustic) fairly recently, has enabled Richard to develop these interests further, whilst seeking new challenges.
These challenges include manipulating a material that hardens instantly as it comes into contact with the picture surface, and is both translucent and opaque. It won’t be pushed or smeared with the same degree of flexibility and control that oil offers. Richard embraces these challenges, and loves the way it rewards with a jewel- like quality, texture and depth.
Whilst figurative painting is about illusion, abstract painting is about making; creating beautiful surfaces or reactions of colour and contrast. The switch from oil to encaustic has seen Richard’s painting take a different direction. Less concerned with capturing and responding to the landscape around him, Richard’s encaustic paintings are more about reading shapes, patterns and moments as each painting evolves.
A full-time art teacher, Richard works from his studio in Easingwold, North Yorkshire. In the last 16 years, he has exhibited in both group and solo shows throughout North Yorkshire.