Richard was born in, Shubert, a small town in the southeast corner of Nebraska. He was raised in almost every town and city across America and ended up in the small town of Simi Valley, California. He is a member of the Simi Valley Art Association, Artisan Co-op, as well as, the Westlake Village Art Guild. He has been in love with art ever since he could remember. Since his early childhood, Richard took interest in every form of art he came in contact with. Not only in how it was created, but why it was created. He loved seeing how different artists express themselves. During Richard's early years, he took every art class he could find. He quit high school and he joined the Navy. There he completed his G.E.D. and explored art in every place he landed along the Pacific Rim. While visiting Japan, China, Formosa, Okinawa, and Hawaii, he admired the creativity and techniques that the diverse artists used to achieve their masterpieces. As the field of art continued to expand before his eyes, his curiosity grew even more intense. He enrolled in the Art Center College of Design and took every kind of art class available. By 1964, and with a Bachelor of Professional Arts Degree in hand, Richard made art his full time job.
His employers have included, Walt Disney, Charles Luckman Associates, Zierhut- Vedder - Shimano and Tony Carsello. He has worked with clients such as Papermate, Gillette, Technicolor, Shelby Cobra and Harmond Carden. Richard loves sharing what he has learned with others, and he had the opportunity to teach art at the Art Center College of Design which is now known as the Art Center School. He has won many awards for his pencil drawings and continues to teach classes. His love for art continues to grow everyday.