About me

Chrissie Richards artist teaching a paint night event
Chrissie leading a Paint Night Event

I create quirky thought provoking abstract figurative paintings. Most work starts from just playing with materials with no plan or outcome in mind. Paint, collage, pastel, charcoal and graphite amongst other materials are laid down layer after layer until an idea or image emerges.  I am particularly drawn to colour and texture. I work on multiple paintings at the same time, each piece informing and improving the others until a series of work is completed. The majority of my work is on wooden boards although canvas is used for larger pieces.

I have been painting since 2010 and am now a full-time professional artist having slowing transitioned from running my own market research business for over thirty years. I divide my time between Suffolk and Hertfordshire. My work is a reflection of my life; it is about all the things that are important to me. Inspiration includes my family, friends, home, travel, animals, communication and love. My work is in several private collections around the world and has twice been selected for the prestigious Society of Women Artists Annual exhibition.

Awards

In 2020 I was awarded Best in Show at the Gibberd Gallery’s annual Open Exhibition for ‘Just the Three of Us’.

prize winning painting just the three of us woman and two dogs by Chrissie Richards

‘Just the three of us’ mixed media on board 20 x 20cm 2020

Chrissie Richards artist with her prize for for Gibberd Gallery 2020 open prize

I was delighted and very surprised to win Best in Show. Here I am clutching my golden envelope!

Commissions

I am also available to accept commissions, please get in touch if you would like to discuss a specific project. 

portrait painting of girl and hamster by artist Chrissie Richards
Ellie and her Hamster – commissioned in 2016
artist Chrissie Richards in studio with her dogs working on a commission painting
Luna and Ruff look on as I finish this commission piece in 2017 for the Davies family

Training

I am largely self taught although I have taken courses with Anthony Connolly, Lupe Cunha and Nicola Slattery.  My work has continued to develop and evolve. Most recently I have completed an intensive three month course called the Creative Visionary Programme with Nicholas Wilton of ART2LIFE. This course has been a game changer in terms of how I work. It has enabled me to develop a practice that is enjoyable and sustainable. I now work much more intuitively and have a lot more fun in the studio. It has also led me to explore working in a more abstract way which I have enjoyed, much to my surprise.

How I work

Most work starts from just playing with materials with no plan or outcome in mind. Paint, collage, pastel, charcoal and graphite amongst other materials are laid down layer after layer until an idea or image emerges.  I am particularly drawn to colour, shapes and texture. So I put something down and then add something in response to what is in front of me. When it stops working or being interesting I move onto something else. Working on multiple pieces at once enables each piece to inform the others. Mostly I paint on boards or canvas building up many layers. When a piece is finished it is glazed and finished with wax to give it a lovely rich creamy finish.

Why I do it

Making art is my response to the life I live. It is how I communicate my experiences and feelings. I might try to capture the fragrance and beauty of fresh flowers, something that made me laugh or something that moves me deeply, it’s all in my paintings.

Exhibitions:

2020

Harlow Open 20 x 20 – winner Best in show 

The Gibberd Gallery, Harlow

Female Focus 

Gatehouse Arts, Harlow

2019

Present Arts – 7 November – 22 December

Parndon Mill, Harlow

Heart Research UK Secret Auction

Leeds and online

Cambridge Open Art – 11-13 October

Swavesey, Cambridge

Transference – 16 August – 4 September

Halesworth Gallery, Halesworth, Suffolk

Nude or Fully Clothed

Nude Tin Can Gallery, St Albans

Talented Art Fair 

Brick Lane, London

2018

Harlow Open 2018

The Gibberd Gallery, Harlow

Society of Women Artists 2018 Exhibition

Mall Galleries, London

2018 Art2Life Academy Exhibition

Online

Heart Research UK Secret Auction

London and online

2017

Present Arts

Parndon Mill, Harlow

Contemporary Colour

Benham Gallery, Cuckoo Farm, Colchester

Society of Women Artists 2017 Exhibition

Mall Galleries, London