Richard paints in his studio in West Cornwall. The pictures are inventions or reinventions of reality, based on a lifetime of looking, and built up from sketches, ideas, and growing out of the process of painting itself: the manipulation of shapes and colours, their alteration to fit in with each other and the change in the balance, rhythm and meaning of the picture that this entails. The pictures show a kind of reality that is unfamiliar to many people. They are not, for instance, photographic images. They are paintings of things rather than the appearance of things. Sometimes they may appear a little awkward and strange, but it is their awkwardness that gives them the power to communicate, to say things rather than simply to illustrate.
Richard's resume is impressive, including study at the Royal Academy Schools, Past President of the Royal Watercolour Society and award of the De Laslo medal by the Royal Society of British Artists. He has pictures in many public and private collections (including the National Trust and V&A).