He graduated cum laude in 1971 from the Art Center College of Design. He was originally an illustrator and painter with relative success. Until the most tragic but greatest thing happened to him, a fire took place in California that completely destroyed his studio and all of his artwork. As an artist, I can imagine the loss and the pain that would result from having the items that you’ve poured your time, heart, and soul into completely obliterated.
What inspires me the most about his story, is that he was resilient, despite the great loss he continued to make art and dared to experiment and immerse himself into even greater work. After that incident, he began to explore new mediums in art and subsequently began working with ceramics and bronze sculpting which has led him to even greater success.
Resilience and human triumph are themes that are constantly related throughout his artwork which is the main reason why I find him to be so inspirational. All people experience trauma, grief, depression, devastation, but it is important for us to push through and endure until the end. The difficult seasons do come to an end and victory will be there to greet you.
He is an artist that believes beauty connects people and lifts their spirits to a higher level. He has dedicated his career to making a difference by creating passionate works of art that enrich the lives of others. His artwork is inspired by the human form which is used to make expressive statements about the many dimensions of being a human which include triumph, resiliency, discipline, spiritual realities, and emotions. Below are a few photos of Richard in his artistic process and his final creations: