Debbie Richards is an artist and writer living and working in Suffolk, and tweeting on @ArtistDebbieR.
'I come from Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, on the South West coast of England and now I live with my family in Ipswich near the east coast of England in Suffolk. I have five children, most of whom have grown up and left home. In 2005 I received a BA in Fine Art (Painting) from Glyndwr University in North Wales, which at the time was the Wrexham School of Art & Design and part of NEWI. I enjoyed the experience immensely. I also have an earlier degree in Psychology and an MBA from Manchester University. I paint where my heart wants to be. I have always painted, it is a compulsion in me, but over the years my interests have wandered away from the depiction of simple flesh to express ideas that have more psychological potency. I occasionally see visions which are like lucid dreams and some of these have found their way on to canvas as in the case of "The Portal".'
2000 Open Drawing Exhibition at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, Birmingham.
2000 ‘Figures In My Landscape’ Open Exhibition at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, Birmingham.
2004 Manchester Annual Open Exhibition, Manchester Academy of Fine Art, Salford Museum.
2004 Stockport Annual Open Exhibition, Stockport City Art Gallery, Stockport.
2004 ‘20:20’ exhibition of student works, Oriel Corwen, Wales.
2004 144th Annual Open Exhibition, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Mall Galleries, London.
2005 Wrexham Open Exhibition, Wrexham Art Centre, Wales.
2005 The Hunting Art Prizes Exhibition, Royal College of Art, London.
2011 'Eden' Solo Exhibition, Aldeburgh Gallery, Aldeburgh, Suffolk
2012 Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Park, London
2012 Candid Arts Members Exhibition at the Candid Galleries, 3 Torrens St, London
2012 Mixed exhibition at the Store Street Gallery, 32 Store St, Bloomsbury, London
Most of my commissions so far have been for portraits. Some of these can be seen on:
2002 Group wedding portrait for Mrs Bron Warren, mother of the bride.
2003 Abstract painting for the private chapel of Bishop Brian Noble.
2004 Two portraits of Stuart Meir, organist.
2004 Portrait of Miss Laurel Charlton-Blore.
2004 Portrait of Miss Lois Alexander
2005 Double portrait of Dave and Kath Rigby.
2005 Portrait of sister Wendy Beckett, celebrity nun and TV art critic. This portrait now hangs in the library of her priory.
2005 Portrait of Keith Jones.
2006 Singer/songwriter Thea Gilmore: large scale painting of the interior of a wine bar with a waiter to be used on an album cover with her photographed sat in front of it.
2007 Double portrait of Yvonne and Homer Blair. Yvonne had died and Homer wanted a portrait of them together, so photographic references had to be used.
2008 Portrait of Mrs Elizabeth Paddon.