Richard studied illustration, painting and lithography at Hornsey College of Art. He was formerly a teacher and lecturer in Higher Education and moved from London to Plymouth College of St. Mark and St. John as principal lecturer and Head of their Art Department.
He has exhibited at The Royal Academy, Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour and Royal Society of Marine Artists. Toured with The Arts Council of Great Britain and held one-man shows in London and Plymouth.
His work has won numerous prizes and awards throughout the country and culminated with his election to membership of The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour in 1999.