I was born & raised in Adelaide & since primary school I always drew & painted, always gaining high marks in Art in school. In my younger years I did a lot of real life images but I eventually went totally abstract & now it is in a way my spiritual practice not to try imitate reality in any way expanding on creation by producing images that would not exist otherwise. The exception to this in my artwork is the way I apply paint & developed the pareidolia effect but this is in no way deliberately producing specific intended images on a conscious level. Ultimately whether I start a painting totally unplanned freehand or I use a ruler or compass to create a preplanned base structure to work on, the painting then takes on a life of its own, if I'm lucky some paintings I start I can work on solely till I finish, most however I will take of the easle & stand somewhere to look & study to workout what to do next, sometimes I have to hide them so I can take them out at a future date so I can gain a fresh perspective on it. Sometimes I get stuck & I don't like where it's going or I feel it needs something drastic to save it & have to take a risk, often taking a long time to make a decision on what to do next, most often when I do it works & occasionally with magnificent results, fortunately rarely but tragically it ruins the painting & I have to wipe it out & start again. So I make a dozen or so fresh canvased boards every so often, so if I get bored working on one I can go to another or I don't know how to progress on a work or finish one, I can go work on or start another.
Appraisal for Deanne Kuhn form Diamond house
Richard is a self-taught artist with a life time of experience who’s detailed oil paintings are simply beautiful, intricate and a labour of time consuming love. Richard takes his inspiration from metaphysical and spiritual influences. His art comes from a world beyond our own. His debut exhibition Pareidolia Deja Vu featured at Diamond House in 2021was a huge success and he is now displaying his works will be in many Adelaide exhibitions.