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. He lived there for a few years before his family relocated to Crawley, West Sussex where he grew up.
Self-taught and having an interest in art from an early age, Chris’ art dwindled after leaving school. After unexpectedly returning to his homeland of Wales in 2015, inspired by the Welsh landscape, he began painting again.
After several hiatuses since then, he finally got his own studio space in late 2019 and began painting regularly. Chris works mainly in oil and acrylics, but also experiments with ink pens, watercolours, and soft pastels.
There is barely a day that goes by where I am not in awe of the beauty of the Welsh landscape around me. I constantly take photographs when out and about. I paint from the vast collection of my own photographs.
My work is my attempt to present how I see the world – not only through epic vistas but also the more subtle displays of nature’s perfection. I want viewers of my work to experience awe and wonder I’ve felt at being present in the scenes I paint, and hope my paintings convey the magic of this beautiful country.