Richard was born and raised in Chicago's north side near Wrigley Field but spent most of his summers visiting family in Texas. It was there that he learned to appreciate the great outdoors and soon began to use nature in his art. One particular picture of a bobcat, with amazingly realistic eyes that appeared to follow you around the room, won Richard a scholarship to the Art Institute of Chicago.
As the years passed, art took a back seat to Richard's responsibilities to his wife and five children. He worked for a large printer in Chicago, perfecting his skills as a retouch artist through the years, which in turn laid the foundation for the exceptionally life-like portraits that he paints today.
One of his most beautiful works is titled "Somewhere in Time," after the movie of the same name. Richard was commissioned to paint the stars, Jane Seymour and Christopher Reeve, standing in front of the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan, the romantic setting for this movie.
Richard lives in northern Illinois with his wife of 50 years and their Cocker Spaniel, Annie. This is his first picture book, and he really is a grandfather - with wrinkles.