Richard Telford was born on 23rd February 1950 at Dorchester in the county of Dorset, and was educated at Woodruff School in Lyme Regis.
His childhood was spent in this picturesque part of England on the Dorset/Devon border. He was influenced by many west country artists, and took up painting at a very early age. At the age of fourteen, a local gallery took him under their wing, and it was at this time he was admitted into the studio of Terance Anton who taught him the art of landscape painting.
After four enjoyable years at Bournmouth and Poole College of Art he became a graphic designer working “in-house” for a major Finance Company. His career blossomed and he abandoned the drawing board for a short time.
In 1991 he took the chance of voluntary redundancy to become a full time artist, and has since established a growing following of collectors who admire his easy and picturesque style of painting in bright yet soft colours. Most of his subjects depict the countryside around him, and he is one of that rare breed of artists who can paint landscapes and figures. Some of his oils are reminiscent of the subjects painted in watercolour by the Stannard family of painters.