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Richard was born in Athens, Georgia and grew up in the section of the city called Normal Town, the site of state Normal (teaching) College until it was absorbed into the University of Georgia. He attended the local public schools and in the second grade made the decision that he wanted to become an artist. From that time on it became his goal. While in high school Richard attended the Georgia State Governor’ s Honors Program in Art.
After high school Richard attended the University of Georgia starting out as a Drawing and Painting major he switched to the Theatre Department where he studied Scenic Design and Scenic Art in his sophomore year. Upon graduating with a BFA from Georgia, Richard continued his studies at the University of Missouri Kansas City as a Graduate Teaching Assistant while working for the Missouri Repertory Theatre. After finishing at UMKC; Richard moved to Los Angeles where he freelanced as a set designer and scenic artist in the entertainment industry for the next 15 years. In Los Angeles Richard worked on such diverse projects as the films My Best Friend is a Vampire, and Fullmoon in Bluewater to the made for television film The Women of Brewster Place as the set designer and scenic artist; as well as, amusement park rides such as MGM Grand’s Deep Earth, the Buffalo Bill’s Casino and Hotel and the Mall of the Americas while working for Lexington Scenery and Props as a scenic artist and lead scenic artist.
Leaving Los Angeles, Richard returned to Georgia and began working as a production artist, silk screener and finally a quality assurance inspector for the Habersham Furniture Company in Toccoa, Georgia. Since leaving Habersham Richard has pursued his first love and begun to produce his own work including drawings, paintings, collages.
Among his greatest influences are Paul Cezanne, Romare Beardon, Joan Miro, Henri Matisse, Wassily Kandinsky, Jean Dobie, Marc Chagall, Leonard Baskin, Frederick Franck, Egon Schiele, Robert Edmund Jones, Jo Mielziner and John Ezell.