Born in Exeter, brought up in North Wales, after boarding school in Lancashire and an apprenticeship in printing, he fulfilled a dream of working with childhood hero Sir Peter Scott (painter and founder of the WWF) at The Wildfowl Trust, Slimbridge. Subsequently he worked in wildlife conservation at home and abroad and published (mostly under the name Richard Mark Martin) 12 books and over 100 articles, illustrating many with his own line drawings.
He has a PhD in behavioural ecology from Glasgow University and is a qualified teacher, however disillusioned with the politics of science and lack of independence granted teachers today, a passion for painting re-emerged and he studied the figure with Henry Israel in Cornwall. Predominant interests are the evolving ancient tradition of painting and the sexual energy locked within landscape, nature and the human figure.
Disturbed and expressive oils and drawings contemplate how humans see and interact with landscape and their own self-image. Richard's work is in private collections in Britain, France, the USA and Dubai.
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