About the Artist

richard bio

I call myself a Photographer and a Artist from the College of Common Sense. I am self taught and have been doing my photography full time since 1982. My photography has taken me throughout every state in the United States even including the State of Confusion.  

In 1996, I began photographing and witnessing other walks of life outside of the United States.  To date, I have had the opportunity to visit 35 countries. I have traveled from the beaches of Normandy, stood before the pyramids of Egypt, walked through the holy paths of Israel and have touched the ruins of Machu Piccu.

I was born in Santa Monica, California on March 5, 1956.  My father worked for the postal service as a Letter Carrier and my mother was a stay at home mom. I have two other brothers that were born two years apart after me. Money did not grow on trees in our household. Besides my dad putting in a full time week with the post office, they would pick up an early morning paper and go the garage sales looking for old typewriters, adding machines or anything that needed some repair. They would fix these items and resell them to bring in extra income to put food on our table.

In 1962, we moved to Simi Valley, California. Our two story track home was in the middle of orange and walnut groves.  I attended school in Simi Valley. My first job was a paper route at the age of 9. At the age of fifteen, I began to pester the manager of a local Grocery Market. For six months, I did this until I was hired. The store manager was a very strict supervisor. He wore cowboy boots with sharp tips and always muttered the words “Let’s get Crack in” or “Never Assume.”

After my first year at the grocery market, I was given the opportunity to be a foreign exchange student by my store manager through Lion’s International. I was in Japan the summer of 1973 for six weeks. This is where I got my taste for foreign travel. After my trip to Japan a family friend who was in the art business viewed some of my pictures. He was very impressed with my eye for photography and my composition.

In my senior year of high school, I enlisted in the Air Force Reserves. That summer, after I graduated, I took a leave of absence from the grocery business to ship out to boot camp. On my ship out day during my last physical they discovered I had a hernia. The government decided they were not going to pay for my surgery and I was given an honorable discharge.  

I went back to the grocery business and in 1978 transferred to Phoenix Arizona. I worked my way up to management, where I witnessed the corporate world. I was in the grocery business for ten years. During that time, I learned how to market, merchandise, manage and most important how to work with others to accomplish a common goal.

In January of 1982, I left the grocery business, becoming a self employed photographer. I went from an income of $3200.00 a month to $500.00 a month. This is when my reality set in, of not being able to rely on a pay check. When you are self employed it is a total different way of life.  You learn quickly that if you do not push yourself you will not survive. I had the attitude, I could do anything I wanted to, if I put my mind to it.  

richard bio dogI have experienced three failed marriages, the loss of a son, being an author, living each day to its fullest and learning the art of financial juggling. I have also been able to capture over 5,500 from thirty five countries and the back-roads of America. Some of my work can be seen on an annual photography tour or on this web site. 

In my photography, I have been able to capture such categories as; Music Memorabilia, Patriotic, Old Barns, Houses, Ghost Towns, Old Cars, Fire, Police, Planes, Covered Bridges, Graveyards, Sports, Lighthouses, Tractors, Trains, Motorcycles, Castles, Law Enforcement, Fire related, etc.  This is just a taste of my photographic accomplishments. 

In the year 2000, I felt patriotic pieces needed to be created in memory of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.  This inspired the Patriotic/Military category. I flew to Normandy and did my first piece which inspired me to do additional pieces on The Vietnam National Memorial, The Korean National Memorial and The Women’s National Memorial. In 2008, I added a piece on Pearl Harbor, which I obtained by hanging out of a helicopter. Recently, I completed a piece entitled; “In Honor of all Our American Soldiers.” I created this piece for what was going on today. If it were not for our veterans we would not have our freedoms that we take for granted today. In 2011, I added pieces on General Patton and the Battle of the Bulge.

In 1997, I had an idea on paying tribute to those in the Music Business. I created a piece in tribute to all of the "Beatles" accomplishments.  The positive feedback was phenomenal. Today, I have continued tributes to Elvis, Jim Morrison, Frank Sinatra, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, The Grateful Dead, Woodstock, Johnny Cash, Stevie Ray Vaughn, The Rolling Stones, Southern Rock & Roll (which includes Lynyrd Skynard, The Marshall Tucker Band, The Allman Brothers), The Who, David Bowie, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Michael Jackson and The Rat Pack. My Johnny Cash piece is unique in that it was photographed from inside Folsom Prison with special permission from the warden.

In my Western Series, I have designed Collector Pieces paying tribute to Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Jesse James, Billy the Kid, Buffalo Bill, Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane and the Sundance Kid.

On a photographic road trip to Alaska in 1988, I stopped to visit a friend along the way in Sisters, Oregon. Immediately, falling in love with the area and wanting a desperate change of scenery, I relocated to Sisters in March of 1989.

In 2001, I began coordinating and promoting events in Central Oregon. I promote seven events with plans to expand. In three of the events, I make it possible to give back by holding silent auctions with 100% benefiting a local wish through the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Oregon and the local high schools Art Department. The Antique show that I coordinate is in honor of all our veterans. A list of my events can be found on this web site.

In February of 2010, I decided to stop complaining about politics and got off my couch. I stepped up to the plate and ran for Governor of the State of Oregon. I called a close friend, whom I was involved with in a group in the mid nineties called; “Parents for Equal Rights.”  I ran by my crazy idea of running for Governor and he was immediately on board.

I was taught at an early age never to assume, anything in life is possible and there are no such words as can’t. I believe that in order to govern the people, you have to be one of the people.  

In all areas of government, whether it is Federal or State, it is an honor and a privilege to serve. Somewhere down the line it became a career. No where in our constitutions does it state; Republican, Democrat, Money or Career. It is the People and nothing is going to change unless we put our differences aside and work together for one common goal.

The most popular question asked in person or interview was; Are you a Liberal or a Conservative?  Answer:  I am an American.  

For the record: My skeletons are not in the closet, they hang out in the living room and come and go as they please. 

I plan to run for other government offices in the future. Running for Governor was not my ultimate goal in life.  I am still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up…

Welcome to my world...