About Me


I studied at Chelsea School of Art, Manresa Road from 1975 to 1979.

I was awarded the Christopher Head Scholarship for Drawing in 1978 and represented the College at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters in the same year. My tutors included the wonderful Patrick Symons RA and Norman Blamey. Both Sheila Fell and Euan Uglow were amongst visiting staff to the life room.

Amongst the large open exhibitions I have had work accepted in both the 1982 and 1985 Portrait Award Exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Academy Summer Show for 13 years from 1985 and the New English Art Club for 14 years from 1989.

I have exhibited with the RP, RI, RWS, RBA, Bankside opens, The London Group, the Singer & Friedlander / Sunday Times watercolour competition, the Discerning Eye and the Affordable Art Fair.

Since leaving College I have had work in many influential private galleries including Anna Mei Chadwick, Peter Headley, The New Ashgate, Sebastian Pearson, Wykeham, Rona Gallery and the Watercolour and Drawings Fair at the Singer & Friedlander / Sunday Times stand in 2001. In 2003 I was exhibiting and demonstrating at Art in Action, Waterperry. I exhibit at the Russell Gallery, Putney and continue to show with the Red Rag Gallery, Stow-on-the-Wold. I have exhibited at the Spa Gallery, Tunbridge Wells and with Langham Fine Art in Suffolk, exhibiting with Josephine Harpur, Bury St. Edmunds 2011. I had a painting selected for the RBA to show in the "Pure Gold, 50 years of the FBA" exhibition in 2011. I also exhibited in "Five Painters and a Sculptor" at the Russell Gallery, Putney in 2011 and the "Still Alive" exhibition at the Mall Galleries in 2013.

I was elected to the Small Paintings group in 2007, becoming their Hon. Secretary in 2010, and have had work with the group at Piers Feetham Gallery, Fulham and in other galleries during that and subsequent years. I am involved in figurative art and paint still life in both oils and watercolours and portraits in oil. I also delve with pleasure from time to time into painting landscapes.

I have been a member of the Royal Society of British Artists since 1996 and edited their twice yearly newsletter from autumn 2004 to spring 2009.

Artist's Statement

Over the years I have amassed a great deal of still life objects and some I paint repeatedly. I try to catch the transient beauty of flowers and am fascinated by the problems involved in painting portraits.

There are many painters who inspire me and I go often to our great collections and loan exhibitions, trying hard always to look in order to learn.

Method of Working

I draw in sketchbooks or on any paper to hand, using pencil or pen and ink, deciding both what to paint or just because I love to.

I paint in oils as they are a flexible medium and stay wet long enough to make changes. Working with both sable and hog hair brushes on hardboard primed with acrylic gesso or stretched canvas I take differing amounts of time to complete a work, sometimes quite quickly in a few days but at others I may go on for much longer.

I also paint with watercolours, adding gouache and pastel sometimes and love trying to combine a delicate feel with a strong and convincing image.

I sign my oils with the initials:B R and my watercolours with: Barbara Richardson