"With subjects sitting starkly against the background of the cotton rag paper, each piece startles the eye with contrast and detail. Richard makes a statement with his work that inspires a feeling of awe - awe for the work itself and an awe for something much more. His magnificent subjects make us wonder what we are missing - they liberate us to appreciate the beauty of this world in a new way."
I am drawn to detail. My work is simply an attempt to capture and bring attention to the existing beauty in the world and ultimately point to the beauty of the one who created it. I want people (myself included) to notice things - to see the world around us in a different way - the way it really is. It is easy to miss all of the wonderful details, oddities, brokenness, and mercies that make this world so beautiful. It takes practice to notice things, but I think it brings great joy. I hope that my art, in some way, helps people notice.
My inspiration for my current tree series is drawn from my own life experiences and passages of Scripture. In short, I am a wretched sinner saved by the amazing grace of Christ. I don't know how or why he loves me with such relentless and unconditional love, but he does - that's who he is. The Creator-God came to earth out of love to redeem a people who hated, tortured, and killed him... people like me. I was dead in my sin, trying to quench my thirst for joy and purpose with anything that looked satisfying, all-the-while Jesus was beckoning me to himself, the fountain of living water.
I work with graphite, ink, and occasionally colored pencil to create contemporary realistic works on paper that aim to draw attention to the innate beauty of a particular subject. Studying and meticulously displaying the details in each piece often takes upwards of 100 hours.
I am drawn to broken things - people, trees, flowers, etc. - that show their created beauty in their details. My drawing process allows me to see the shadows of the beauty that is yet to come. The beauty of this world is breathtaking, but not life-giving... there is something incomplete, either in this world or in us (or both), that gives us the longing for a beauty that is beyond this world. I have found that there is in fact a more beautiful reality that exists apart from us, yet among us, that invites us into it for all eternity... Namely, the infinite triune God of the Bible.
" At present we are on the outside of the world, the wrong side of the door. We discern the freshness and purity of morning, but they do not make us fresh and pure. We cannot mingle with the splendours we see. But all the leaves of the New Testament are rustling with the rumour that it will not always be so. Some day, God willing, we shall get in.”