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Richard is currently artist in residence with Herefordshire Wildlife Trust. He is continuing to work on a series of drawings and paintings in response to their ancient woodland reserve, Lea & Paget's Wood.

He is an invited member of The Arborealists, a European group of artists who exhibit together to promote the theme of trees.

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Lea & Paget's Wood - Dec 2015
 


Richard says about his work:
Trees have always filled me with joy and wonder and I can be absorbed for hours in simply looking. Every tree, great or small, has its own character and presence, and walking in woodland is a deeply restorative pleasure in any weather.

Most of my drawings and paintings depict specific trees and woodland in Herefordshire. My starting point is always to spend time walking or sitting quietly with sketchbook and camera amid the mud, wind, birds and midges. The act of drawing intensifies the experience and I feel fully alive! Patience and perseverance are rewarded by extraordinary moments when a scene is made astonishingly beautiful by some shift of light or weather. In the studio I distill these encounters and records into paintings, aiming to share what I have seen and felt as faithfully as possible with the viewer.

It breaks my heart to see how rapidly Britain’s trees and woodland are succumbing to development and the ravages of pollution and disease, and I am involved in campaigning locally and nationally. But in my practice as an artist I choose to go on making paintings which delight in the myriad ways in which trees enrich our world and ourselves. At the end of my life I hope that my work will not be a eulogy for what we have lost but a celebration.
BRIEF BIO
After a career in IT project management and three years helping to run a retreat centre in New Zealand, Richard responded to a lifetime’s desire to paint. He studied fine art at Hereford College of Arts and the University of Gloucestershire (Cheltenham School of Art), graduating with first class honours in 2008. His current studio is at the Print Shed.

Richard exhibits nationally in public and commercial galleries, and has been represented by the Apple Store Gallery since its inception in 2005. He teaches art in adult workshops and last year was invited to undertake a residency at Nature in Art for the second time.


The contemplative element within Richard’s approach reflects his Christian faith and he has explored religious themes more explicitly. In 2010 he was artist-in-residence in the St Weonards Benefice during Lent and in 2012 he contributed to the Stations of the Cross exhibition in Discoed. In 2013 Richard was invited to create a new work for Risen! Art of the Crucifixion & Eastertide shown at the Piano Nobile in London followed by Monnow Valley Arts and featuring the Methodist Modern Art Collection e.g. works by Patrick Heron and Graham Sutherland. Richard’s watercolour, The Empty Tomb, was recently purchased by this Collection.


SUMMARY CV

Awards
Shortlisted for international Adrian Henri Prize for poetry in art, 2013
Winner of student award - Miniworks Exhibition, The Courtyard, Hereford 2007
Winner of student award - Artistree Open Exhibition, Ledbury 2005
National finalist - Edexcel Achievement Awards 2002

Publications
The Arborealists: The Art of Trees 2017, Plato-Beale Productions - catalogue with double page on my work
The Arborealists: The Art of the Tree; 2016, Sansom & Company - double page with images on my art practice
Landscape Painting: Experience, Place and Visual Language; Three British Artists Explored: Ivon Hitchens, John Walker and Michael Williams, 2009, VDM

Collections
Methodist Modern Art Collection

Membership
The Arborealists
Hon. President of Herefordshire Painting Club - plein air painters

Solo & Joint Shows
Lea & Paget’s Wood - Aug 2017, Apple Store Gallery, Hereford
Exploring Herefordshire - Aug 2015, Apple Store Gallery, Hereford
Brecon Beacons: sleet, snow and sunshine - Aug 2013, Apple Store Gallery, Hereford (with Maggie Banks)
Painting the Landscape - Jul-Aug 2013, Artists Studio, Monnow Valley Arts, Herefordshire (solo)
Spirit of Place - Jul 2011, The Bleddfa Centre, Powys (solo)
A Herefordshire Wood - Sep 2008, Apple Store Gallery (featured artist)
Trees & Water - Jul-Aug 2005, Apple Store Gallery (featured artist)

Selected Group Shows
h.Art Open Studios - annual, Sep, The Print Shed with public art events
The Arborealists - Jul 2017, Les Dortoirs des Moins, Poitiers
Into the Woods - Jul 2017, Chapel Gallery, Bromyard
Ewyas Harold Festival of Arts - May 2017, Ewyas Harold, guest artist
The Arborealists - Apr - May 2017, Nature in Art, Twigworth
Picturing Faith - Jan-Apr 2017, Methodist Modern Art Collection @ Canterbury Cathedral
Forty Days, Forty Artists - Mar - Apr 2017, Discoed, mid Wales
y gallery caerffili - Dec 2016 - my work featured in Christmas Show
The Arborealists - Aug 2016, Westonbirt Arboretum
Crickhowell Open - Jun-Jul, Oriel CRiC, Crickhowell
The Arborealists - Apr-Jun, St Barbe, Lymington
Crickhowell Open - May-Jul 2014, inaugural event by selection, Oriel CRiC, Crickhowell
Under Welsh Skies - Feb-Mar 2014, invited show, Oriel CRiC, Crickhowell
Adrian Henri Prize: poetry in art - Apr 2013, Twenty Twenty Gallery, Much Wenlock, 30 artists shortlisted from 253 entries
Risen! - Mar-Apr 2013, Piano Nobile, London followed by
Art of Crucifixion & Eastertide - Monnow Valley Arts, Herefordshire, featuring Methodist Church Collection of Modern Christian Art e.g. Patrick Heron and Graham Sutherland alongside 15 invited contemporary artists
Castle Street Contemporaries - Apr-May 2012, invited show, Apple Store Gallery
Stations of the Cross - Lent 2012, invited group show, Discoed
Orchard’s Seasons - Oct 2011, invited joint show, Apple Store Gallery
Orchard Odyssey - Apr 2011 invited show, Apple Store Gallery
Heritage Orchards - Sep 2010 invited show, Apple Store Gallery
Treescapes - Jan-Apr 2010 six artists, Barker Gallery, Pontypool
The Wickton Creative - Sep 2009, 2010 invited show, Stoke Prior
This Fragile Earth - Jul-Aug 2009 invited show, Monmouth
Presteigne Show - Apr 2006 selected show, St Andrew’s, Presteigne
h.Art Open Exhibition - Sep 2005 selected showcase exhibition, Hereford
The Thin Line - Oct-Dec 2004 selected show, Barker Gallery, Pontypool
Framed Work for the Future - Nov 2003 showcase exhibition, Pittville Gallery, Cheltenham
Emerging Young Artists - Feb 2003 national selected exhibition, Birmingham

Residencies
Herefordshire Wildlife Trust - currently artist-in residence
Nature in Art - April 2015 & May 2012, 1 week residencies by invitation
Drawing the Light - Mar 2010, St Weonards Benefice, Herefordshire
Experimental Drawing - Jul 2007, Bleddfa Centre, Powys
Creative Roots - Jun 2006, Bleddfa Centre, Powys
Art & The Spirit - Jul 2005, Bleddfa Centre, Powys
Art in the Woods - Sep 2004, devised and project managed woodland art trail featuring 50 artists at Queenswood Arboretum
Outdoor Labyrinth - 1997-2000, led community project to raise funds and create a full-sized replica of the medieval labyrinth in Chartres Cathedral, Lower Hutt, New Zealand