Q&A with Richard Newman

Richard Newman

Richard in his studio

What is your background?

I am a Chartered Architect and a Swiss-trained hotelier, now retired.

Explain what you do in 100 words

Now that I am retired I have three main thrusts to my life.  I write novels, a travel book (coming out soon) and lead a Creative Writing Group.  Second, I paint in my studio at the bottom of my garden and third, I teach French to 10 very naughty 75 year old ladies and two very good men.  Known as Rireuneminute (laugh a minute) we enjoy every moment trying to get this undisciplined mob through France without too many hiccoughs!  Life should never be wasted and I feel now is the time to put something back.

What five words best describe your work?

Timelessness; hunger; openness; aloneness; companionship

Richard Newman - SOME SEED FELL ON STONY GROUND

Some Seed Fell on Stony Ground

What are you working on at the moment?

A much larger canvas based on a smaller picture submitted to this year’s exhibition (‘…and some seed fell on stony ground’).

Which three artists inspire you?

Michael Morgan; Andrew Wyeth; Kurt Jackson

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

IRON OF WINTER  - RICHARD NEWMAN

Iron of Winter

‘… Marry that girl, you’ll never regret it.’

Favourite or most inspirational place in Yorkshire?

Flamborough Head in a winter storm.

Tell us something we don’t know

I combined my two very different skills into becoming a Director of an hotel development company, so nothing was ever wasted.

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