Richard makes his home in Almonte, Ontario. He studied Fine Art at St. Lawrence College (Kingston) and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (BFA, 1987). At NSCAD, he discovered an affinity for working with clay and an appreciation for ceramics history. He worked in the arts, and as a teacher and administrator with the Nunavut Arctic College (Iqaluit) before returning to full-time studio practice in 2004. Influenced by Nova Scotia red earthenware potters, he earnestly produced highly decorated sgraffitio slipware. Within functional forms he played with voluminous shapes, manipulating the clay and decorating with organic imagery, pattern and colour.
In 2011, Richard began to explore ideas beyond functionality. This work takes a closer look at the volume of form and the contrasts created by stacking thrown forms. One avenue of surface decoration uses terra sigillata and slips to emphasize shape, to play with visual illusion through the use of geometric lines and patterns. Human qualities began to emerge in these vertical forms, feeding another theme with surface imagery to symbolically represent some of the systems at work within living bodies; the notion that these systems – abstract, concealed or invisible to the eye – are part of the energies of nature, the growth and death of all living things, the process of change, adaptation and re-emergence.
Today, Richard maintains a part-time studio practice while being the full-time owner/manager of General Fine Craft.