Richard was born in Bowraville. His mother was Gumbaynggirr and his father was a member of the Dunghutti tribe.
From an early age Richard would sketch. His father would then burn the images onto boomerangs, shields and spears which they would sell for food.
He was taken away from his family and placed in Kinchela Boys Home where he would sketch to pass the time away and to ease the pain of being removed from his family.
In 2008 Richard’s work was selected to be represented at Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to coincide with World Youth Day. During this time he was an artist in residence at The Australian Museum.
In 2010, the Mary Mackillop Institute requested the use of two of his works to be used in the Canonisation Ceremony. Richard was fortunate enough to travel to Rome to witness the event.
The Exhibition on show at the Gallery ‘Creation’ relates to Richard’s Aboriginal spirituality and the parallels with the Catholic faith.
Richard has a range of greeting cards featuring his artworks available for sale through the gallery.