Richard is now busy pursuing his first love producing work in charcoal and watercolor. Born in Athens, Georgia and growing up in the section called Normal Town. He made the decision in the second grade to be an artist, from that time on it became his goal and his life was no longer normal. At the University of Georgia he studied Scenic Design and Scenic Art. After graduating Richard crammed his Datsun B-210 to capacity and started off to the University of Missouri Kansas City where he continued his studies as a Graduate Teaching Assistant while working for the Missouri Repertory Theatre. Finishing at UMKC Richard loaded up his Chevy pick-up heading south and west to Los Angeles between snow storms where he freelanced as a set designer and scenic artist in entertainment industry for the next 20 years. Making a LA getaway this time driving a U haul and towing a Saab, Richard returned to Georgia and began working as a production artist for the Habersham Furniture Company in Toccoa, Georgia for the next five years
Among his greatest influences are Frank Webb, Charles E. Burchfield, Paul Cezanne, Henri Matisse, Frederick Franck, Egon Schiele, Robert Edmund Jones, Jo Mielziner, Howard Bay, Joe Stell and John Ezell.