I commenced painting in watercolour in 2003 and participated in Various courses: Drawing and Sketching Swan TAFE and West coast: Painting Watercolours at Perth College of Art.
In 2004 I enrolled in classes with Gillian Peebles learning the techniques of watercolour and more classes with Penny Maddison to learn the skills of plein air landscapes and still life. And in 2006 with D’hange Yammanee painting landscapes and portraits in oil.
I was born in Perth and educated at Nedlands Primary School and Scotch College. My father was a farmer who moved to the city. I have always enjoyed visiting the family farm which has provided me with a background in farm and country painting.
As a city boy I developed a love of sailing both on the river and ocean and have continued to sail in ocean races. The water has been a large part of my life and features in many of my paintings along with both sailing and power yachts.
I have dabbled with watercolour painting for years but became serious about watercolour landscapes in 2003. I am very much admire and am influenced by the works of Australian artists Joseph Zbukvic, David Taylor and West Australian artist Ian De Souza who have a loose impressionistic style similar to the English artist Edward Wesson and American artist Edgar Whitney. My style is between representative and impressionist.
I have displayed paintings at Heathcote Gallery, Byramgou Park Winery Donneybrook and continuous exhibitions with the Alfred Cove Art Society , at Atwell Gallery and annual exhibitions with City of South Perth , York Art Society, Town of Vincent, Italian Club Fremantle, Victoria Park Art Awards, Gallery 101 and Western Australian Society of Arts.
I am President of the Melville Community Art Association (manager of the Atwell Gallery), a member of the Watercolour Society of WA, a member of the Western Australian Society of Arts and the Alfred Cove Art Society.
Website - www.richardhardwick.com