Landscape artist Chris Richards lives on the edge of the Brecon Beacons in the village of Ystradgynlais. Chris was born in 1980 in Swansea, South Wales where he lived there for a few years before his family relocated to West Sussex.
Self-taught and having an interest in art from an early age, Chris spent much of his childhood drawing and painting. His interest art dwindled after leaving secondary school when his path took the course of music production and recording, eventually leading to careers in theatre, the music industry, and professional photography.
After returning to live in his homeland of Wales in 2015, inspired by the Welsh landscape, he began drawing and painting again.
He finally got his own studio space in late 2019 and began painting regularly. Chris is currently focussing on oil paints, but also dabbles ink pens, watercolours, and soft pastels as and when the mood takes him.
There is barely a day that goes by where I am not in awe of the beauty of the Welsh landscape around me. In the relatively short time I have lived in Wales, I’ve explored a fair bit. I love being out in nature, whether it’s wandering the trails of the many majestic forests, relaxing on the shorelines of the lakes and reservoirs, taking in the views from atop the Brecon Beacons, or walking stretches of our incredible coastline.
Every season has its own inspiration to offer — fresh new foliage, luminescent in the hazy morning light in spring; deep blue skies with white fluffy clouds in summer, fiery displays of autumnal trees in autumn, and sunbeams through dramatic clouds following winter showers.
As an ex-professional photographer, I have a huge collection of photos I’ve taken over the years that form the basis of my works. I constantly take photographs when out and about capturing new ideas and inspiration for my art.
My work is my attempt to present how I see the world – through painting both sweeping vistas and epic skies but also the smaller more subtle displays of nature’s beauty. I want viewers of my work to experience not only the awe and wonder but also the sense of peace and tranquillity I’ve felt at being present in the scenes I paint. I hope my paintings convey the magic of Wales and inspire others to take time out and explore for themselves.
“So beautiful😍😍😍 makes me smile every time I see it! Can’t wait to add another ‘Chris Richards Original’ to my collection 😊❤️❤️“
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