Richard has been working stone by hand since his apprenticeship as a stonemason in 1980. This included study at the Cambridge college of Arts and Technology where he achieved with distinctions his advanced City and Guilds. He was fortunate enough for the opportunity to learn the more sculptural side of this trade within his training which included working with wood. Born in Cambridge in 1963 and surrounded by the precise historical geometry offered fertile ground for his love of the media of stone. His life has always centred around stone and his experiences working on buildings such as Westminster Abbey, Kings College Chapel, and Ely Cathedral to the more modern was the crucible that began the formation of his own ambitions.
Although no more comfortable than with a scant of stone ready to be worked Richard, moved to Cornwall pursue a more individual experimental and speculative way of sculpting.