Richards original paintings are created using oils, acrylics, pastels, watercolours and glass.
Producing a series of Fine Art Prints, Art Cards, also working with Stained Glass and Dichroic Glass Jewellery-Pendants & Earrings.
About the Artist
Richard was born in Warrnambool, Victoria, in 1961 into a creative family.
Exhibiting in many exhibitions and art awards (see below) with success in winning nine Peoples Choice and three Mayors Choice Awards over the years.
- Chairman of the Huon Art Exhibition Group (HAEG) in Cygnet for 5 years and on the committee for 10 years.
- Previous exhibiting member of the Australian Society of Marine Artists (ASMA).
- Art Prize Judge for the 2014 Royal Hobart Show, Art Awards.
I love the subtle tones and colours in both water and sky so have a great love for landscape. Particularly early morning and late afternoon when the shadows are longer and there is more colour in the sky. I enjoy creating atmosphere and depth in my work as I want to hold the viewer’s gaze and get them to look all around the painting, discovering things they might not have seen initially.
I find no better inspiration than Gods own creation.
The magnificent landscapes, seascapes and skies that surround us every day is a constantly changing source of painting material that we can tap into.
The changing seasons from Spring, with all of its new life, with the colours of blossom and new growth in the leaves, through to Summer, with the strong contrasts of light and shadow.
Autumn, my favourite time of the year, with its stillness and beautiful colours of the leaves as they change colour and it is a great time to paint water reflections due to the lack of the wind and soft light.
Then, of course, Winter, with its short days and long nights and often the wispy fogs and mists that sit on the water and hills.
This is when I get most of my paintings done.
I capture a photograph or series of photographs of a particular scene at a certain time of day that I feel would make a great painting. Normally early morning or late afternoon as there is more colour in the sky and surrounds. Also, longer shadows which can create interest in your work.
These photos are used as references back in the studio to get me started on a new work and are a guide only. If it is a particular place that people know then you need to have the hills etc.. the right shape and size so they will be recognised.
I generally break the reference photos down into 3 planes.
Foreground, middle distance and background. This helps to keep the painting interesting to look at.
I don’t just copy what’s in the photo but try to hone in on what it was that I liked so much about the scene and accentuate that. I can sometimes use up to 4 different photos in the same painting.
I print these photos onto A4 or A3 paper and stick them around the studio, where I am painting, put on some music and away I go.
In the end, for me, it’s all about the light.
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