Richard began painting people figuratively from the beginning. For many of the early years, Richard painted at Ramon Kelley’s studio where they would get a weekly model and paint from life. This laid the foundation of Richard’s figurative work and where he learned to paint people. Richard paints people in both oil and pastel but in later years mainly oil.
He continues to paint the figure today but not as many nudes. These days Richard is focusing on the figure in the landscape environment. He has been portraying kids playing in the ocean and on the beaches. He has been painting portraits often incorporating old characters as interesting subject matter. He has some collectors that focus primarily on his nudes which he has painted mainly using pastel.
“I love the challenge of painting people. As with all my paintings I am trying to capture the moment of place or in this case the moment of the person if an individual portrait. As I would watch kids approach the sea they almost all approach it the same way arms outstretched ready to embrace the sea’s energy.”
“I don’t want to capture a person photographically but more emotionally and expressively, I do paint people representationally “enough” to require that the drawing and proportion etc. be correct….people can really tell if a painting of a person isn’t quite right.”