Richard Telford was born in 1950 in the county town of Dorchester, the heart of Thomas Hardys’ Wessex. His childhood was spent in a small village on the Devon/Dorset border.

It was evident from an early age that he had a natural talent for art , and was often found, nose down in a book, colouring or drawing.

Encouraged by his parents, he tried his hand with oil paints, his work influenced by that of the many artists who lived in the same picturesque corner of England.

Most of his spare time was spent painting views of the surrounding countryside and villages and it is these evocative images or rural 50s and 60s England that are still recalled and introduced in his paintings today.

A local gallery spotted his talent at the age of fourteen, and impressed by his dedication arranged for him to learn the trade by spending his spare time in the studio of Terence Anton. It was during this period that he developed a talent for producing paintings of breath-taking atmosphere.

Four years at Bournemouth & Poole College of Art was interrupted by the sudden death of his father, and seeking security, he took up the career of a graphic designer in the publicity department of a major finance company.

A successful career in marketing ensued, but he would still paint at weekends or during holidays.

In 1991, the opportunity for redundancy enabled him to make the big break and become a full time artist – he was an immediate success.

Traditional fine art skills combined with the creative demands of graphic design and illustration have given him an extraordinary and rare ability to paint a wide range of subjects in different styles.

His paintings appeal to a wide audience and he has established a growing number of collectors for his work. An extensive number of publishers have reproduced his work in greetings cards, puzzles, ceramic plates and fine art prints.