Born in New York City, Richard, an award-winning painter and graphic designer moved to Boston to attend the Vesper George School of Art where he was introduced to the Boston School of Painting by Robert Douglas Hunter and Robert Cormier, both former R.H.Ives Gammel students. After graduation he continued to study pastel portrait painting with Robert Cormier while working as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator in the Boston area and at The Boston Globe newspaper. He also began ongoing study of Plein air painting with David Curtis on Cape Ann.

While studying with Robert Cormier at Fenway Studios he received a 5 year scholarship to study painting at the newly formed R.H.Ives Gammell Atelier in Boston, a system of art training emphasizing the traditional craft of painting with an emphasis on design and impressionist seeing.

Richard's approach to painting is strongly influenced by the Boston School, as all of his teachers where trained in this system by Mr. Gammel.

Maintaining a busy schedule landscape painting and working in his Watertown studio, Richard continues working and studying to improve his craft.