Painter & Embroiderer, Teacher & Lecturer, Author & Art Historian
Trained at Goldsmiths' School of Art and went on to be 'Senior Lecturer' and finally 'Head of Art' at Avery Hill College of Education. In 1985 he resigned from the position in order to develop his own work.
He is a regular exhibitor and demonstrator at the Knitting and Stitching shows and other craft fairs. He gives talks to textile groups; particularly to branches of the Embroiderers' Guild throughout the country. He runs courses in drawing, painting and his particular system of textile art which combines fabric collage with both machine and hand embroidery. He teaches these at various adult education centres as well as independent organisations.
Wearing another 'hat' altogether he lectures in the history of art to NADFAS ( The National Association of Decorative and Fine Art Society ).
He has written seven books and made two DVDs about drawing, design, colour and embroidery. Some are still in print and available one way or another.
Although well past the 'official' retirement age, Richard aims to continue to develop his art work as long as he is physically and mentally capable. Furthermore, he aims to continue lecturing and teaching so long as he behaves himself and is still invited.