Richard Barrett

Richard was born in Cardiff in 1963. Having grown up by the coast, and now established in Yorkshire, the inspiration for his painting is rooted in both land and sea.

‘My work is driven by the elements, the changing dynamics of weather and light and how this breathes life into the landscape’.

Most of Richard’s paintings begin with a series of sketches, providing an anchor or starting point. As the process of painting begins, a more intuitive approach comes into play. Instinct and memories then guide the direction of the work, with layers of paint energetically applied using brushes, palette knives and rags. Texture plays an important part – scratching, mark making and glazing are often incorporated into the finished work.

The seascapes and landscapes that emerge have a suggestive, abstracted quality. They invite the viewer in – to find their own interpretation, their own personal story.