Biography submitted by Galleries West Fine Art:
Born and raised in Yonkers, New York, this artist of Italian descent has devoted his life to portraying the history he loves. A professional artist for over 20 years, his subject matter has varied little from his primary interest: the American West. After graduating with a degree in commercial art from Duchess Community College in Poughkeepsie, NY, where he learned the basics of composition, color, and design, he worked for a publishing company in Manhattan as an assistant art director. During that time he started developing his artistic style while painting in the evenings. After experimenting with different subjects, his love of the American West won out. “When I was young, the paintings I most enjoyed looking at were those of Frederic Remington, and I still get a chill when I stand in front of one,” Richard says.
He started selling his paintings in the early 1970’s through the Douglas Gallery in Stamford, Connecticut. During that time, he developed quite a following, which encouraged him to make the big decision to quit his job and paint full time. That was in 1978, and he has never regretted his decision or the fascinating journey his life became.
He started to travel the West to see it all first hand. Hiking in the back country of California, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Montana, and Alaska in all weather conditions, he observed nature at its best. His paintings reflect his hands-on knowledge as he always strives for authenticity in his work. Many collectors have commented that his snow feels cold, his water feels wet, and they can sense the different textures he paints whether hard stone or a soft feather.
Painting Western subjects comes naturally to this artist. His interest and fascination with American Indians, their free-roaming way of life and strong family structure has enabled him to produce paintings of unequaled excellence. His paintings reflect quiet dignity and strength. To better understand how American Indians lived historically, he has read many books and over the years has often camped using primitive gear in his own tipi to wear the clothes, hear the sounds, and smell the wood smoke. The insights these experiences give him are of great importance in understanding his subjects and portraying them accurately.
Richard presently lives in Crestwood, Kentucky, with his wife Lea Ann and their two dogs. He continues to do what he was born to do and hope others can find escape and pleasure while viewing his work.