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Richard Hall was born in 1952 in Bradford, Yorkshire; the industrial heart of northern England. He attended both the Sheffield College of Art and the Kingston-upon-Hull College of Art, receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting in 1976. After earning his Post-Graduate teaching certificate from Sussex University in 1978, he left England for warmer climates, ending up in the Southwest United States with his wife Sharon, where he pursued painting full-time. Richard has been painting all of his life creating magnificent works of art in a wide variety of styles. He worked many years in the Fine Art Publishing business, creating large bodies of works for clients. The styles would range from classical to geometric to romantic depending on the client's needs. Richard was well known for his ability to anticipate trends in the world of design and jump out ahead of them. He enjoyed the satisfaction of applying his talents to this demanding challenge and leading others in the processes. But deep inside Richard always dreamed of "someday" painting what he loved. In May of 2006 everything changed in a moment. At age 53 Richard suffered a heart attack that served as a wake up call. "Someday" had arrived. Richard and Sharon made the decision that now was the time for him to pursue his life-long love of traditional painting to create a body of work that was truly his own. With decades of painting experience, Richard developed his signature look. Whether a large scale landscape or an intimate still life, his paintings are instantly recognizable. Artists and collectors look at his pieces and wonder, "How did he do that?" Characterized by a lack of visible brush strokes, thoughtful (sometimes whimsical) compositions, and realistic textures, his paintings glow with a brilliant luminescent quality. Richard is a member of the American Society of Traditional Artists, the International Guild of Realism, and Oil Painters of America. Recent awards include: ARC Renewal Center 2011 Salon - Honorable Mention and Finalist in Still Life; Finalist in the 2011 Artist Magazine Still Life Competition; Donor's Award of Excellence at the 2010 Oil Painters of America National Exhibition; selected one of Southwest Art Magazine's 2010 "21 over 31" artists to watch. He is represented by: Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona; Principle Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia; Roby-King Gallery, Bainbridge Island, Washington