“I was born in Los Angeles, California and grew up in rural southern Oregon in a working class Mexican-American family.  This environment has always been a strong source of how I relate to, and see myself in the world.  I often think that the work I do as an artist reflects some of these tensions, although not in an obvious way.”

Richard received his M.F.A. from the University of California, Davis.  He now lives and works in Walla Walla, Washington and heads the Painting program at Whitman College.  Before this he was Associate Professor of painting at the University of Texas at San Antonio Department of Art & Art History.  

Highlights of his exhibition history include solo shows at galleries in Houston, and San Antonio, Texas, as well as Portland, Oregon, and Sacramento, California.  His work has also been featured in many group exhibitions across the United States and is held in a number of private and museum collections.