Richard is the doyen of South African landscape watercolourists” – Barry Johnson, 1989. Richard was born on a farm in the Midlands of what was then very firmly Rhodesia. As a boy he roamed freely and observed the undulating landscape and its colours and tones, occasionally committing them to paper in sketch, crayon and watercolour.
On finishing his schooling in what was then Salisbury (Harare), Richard enrolled at the Durban School of Art, passing with considerable distinction. He joined several advertising agencies where he began to exploit his natural talent for fine drawing and colour. After ten years in the advertising business, Richard took the plunge and opened an art materials shop and Gallery in Salisbury. Here his interest and dedication to serious painting was focused and consolidated. Richard became fully adept in painting in oils and acrylics, but found watercolour best suited to his impulsive nature and gave him greater satisfaction from the spontaneous commitment of ideas to paper.
His abstract impressionistic landscapes with sensitive use of colour and well worked with glorious clouds and skyscapes made his work a natural choice for collectors, corporations and galleries. Richard has had too many one-man shows to mention in South Africa, Namibia and overseas. As an artist he has given generously of his time in the teaching of others.