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Painting has always been my hobby (well a compulsion really). For many years I was a consultant in marketing in the textile industry and then four years ago I decided to go and study art properly. I completed my degree in Fine Art at NEWI in North Wales. I now make my living teaching and painting.
Birth date   06/01/56
Introduction   I'm an artist and writer living and working in Ipswich, Suffolk. Some of my paintings can be seen at CO3 Gallery in Colchester and Modern Artists Gallery in Whitchurch-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.
Education   1977 Manchester University BSc (Hons) Psychology  
2001 Foundation in Art & Design at Mid-Cheshire College (Distinction)  
2005 BA (Hons) Fine Art (Painting) NEWI, North Wales
Selected Commissions   2002 Group wedding portrait for Mrs Bron Warren  
2003 Abstract painting for the private chapel of Bishop Brian Noble  
2004 Two portraits of Stuart Meir  
2004 Portrait of Miss Laurel Charlton-Blore  
2004 Portrait of Lois Alexander  
2005 Double portrait of Dave and Kath Rigby  
2005 Child portrait of Eleanor Richards  
2005 Portrait of Keith Jones  
2006 Thea Gilmore: large scale painting of people in an interior to be used on an album cover.  
2007 Elizabeth Paddon  
2014 Portrait of Michael Copstake
Group Exhibitions   2000 Open Drawing Exhibition at Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, Birmingham  
2000 'Figures In My Landscape' Open Exhibition at Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, Birmingham  
2004 Manchester Annual Open Exhibition, Manchester Academy of Fine Art, Salford Museum.  
2004 Stockport Annual Open Exhibition, Stockport City Art Gallery  
2004 '20:20' exhibition of student works, Oriel Corwen, Corwen, Wales  
2004 144th Annual Open Exhibition, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Mall Galleries, London  
2005 Wrexham Open Exhibition, Wrexham Art Centre  
2005 The Hunting Art Prizes Exhibition, Royal College of Art, London  
2012 Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Park, London.  
2012 Candid Arts Members Exhibition, Islington, London  
2012 Store Street Gallery, Bloomsbury, London  
2013 Malvern Theatres, Malvern
Solo Exhibitions   October 2011 'Eden' solo exhibition at Aldeburgh Gallery, Aldeburgh, Suffolk.
Artist's Statement   Landscape painters talk about trying to evoke their experience of a place both physically, such as the feel of wind on their face, and emotionally. They also talk about the 'Genius Loci' or spirit of the place. That is exactly how I feel about my work except that I'm painting people. My works are subjective and works of art in their own right - as well as being good likenesses. I express my experience of the sitter through my choice of colour, composition, gesture and facial expression.  
I am skilled in diverse painting techniques going back to the Rennaisance and am happy to make copies of Old Master paintings provided they are not passed off fraudulently as genuine works.

Statement      I like to meet and chat with the person I'm going to paint first and when they are at ease I then make a series of life drawings of them. This is to help me learn the shape of their face through close and extended observation - it may not be the pose chosen for the finished piece. I then take photographic references without using a flash. Once I have worked out the composition on paper back in the studio, I transfer it to the canvas using charcoal. If I'm having trouble getting a good likeness at this point I stop and request another sitting. Should this sitting be necessary, I continue drawing from the sitter directly on to the canvas. Once I'm happy with the drawing (and I prop up the canvas in the studio and walk past it for days or weeks making little adjustments) then I fix it. Having fixed the charcoal I'm ready to start painting. I experiment with combinations of colours on a scrap of oil paper until I'm happy with my palette. This is usually restricted in order to give unity to the finished piece. Then I start painting on the canvas using the palette I've chosen.  
The process takes about 10 to 12 weeks from initial sitting to delivery. It is advisable to varnish oil paintings 6 months after completion.  
I'm very fussy about how my work is presented and I prefer to have the paintings framed locally by an old established framing company. They customise frames to suit the piece and the preferences of the final owner. This can be arranged at a small extra cost.


Travel nationally    Yes
Travel internationally    Yes
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Portrait Format:
  Drawings   From 250    $null
  Head and Shoulders   From 1500    $null
Half LengthFrom 1500 $null
3/4 LengthFrom 1750 $null
Full LengthFrom 2000 $null
Double PortraitFrom 3000 $null
Group PortraitFrom 4000 $null
(price per square foot)
From 1500 $null
WildlifeFrom 250 $null
MaritimeFrom 250 $null
InteriorsFrom 250 $null
The Prices quoted are for the standard mediums of oil on canvas and bronze
(in the case of sculpture).
For other media, prices may vary, please enquire directly with us for more specific quotes.
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Press Quotes
The Northwich Chronicle/ The Middlewich Chronicle, January 4th 2006  
A mid Cheshire artist who specialises in portraiture has been working with one of the faces of 2006...  
What it consists of Debbie won't say, fearing it will "steal the album's thunder" but you just have to take a look at some of her past works at... to realise that it's going to be something special.  
It was by going on-line that Debbie, a mum of five, was first noticed by album producers Century Records (actually it was Thea and her manager but never mind!) 'They found me on a portrait website and the reason they chose me was that they weren't only interested in people, they wanted an interior painted in 3-D.'  
Wrexham Evening Leader June 8th 2005  
"The confident assurance in Debbie Richards' paintings produced some arresting images, particularly a child caught in the act of leaping, and an elderly couple portrayed in their kitchen, the whole scene suffused with degrees of yellow light.  
I particularly liked their air of long marriage and the silence which comes when there is little left that needs to be said. The painting, a commission, is sold and Debbie was hoping the owners would show up to see it in the exhibition." (They did!)  
Wrexham Evening Leader Oct 25th 2004  
"Top show spot for Debbie's painting" Approx five column inches describing my painting 'Goddess' and how it was accepted by the Royal Institute of Oil Painters. "The creation depicts female sexual domination" and "challenges the concept of the so called 'male gaze' that aspires to own and control women".