Richard knew he wanted to be an artist by the age of 5. Years later, he studied Illustration at Cambridge School of Art, then worked in London as an illustrator before heading West to pursue a career as a landscape and seascape painter. This is where the love for pastels started, what Richard calls a medium that ‘succeeded in coalescing the best of both drawing and painting’.
Richard now works exclusively in soft pastels, enjoying the ability to work swiftly which is a necessity on location. His style is loose and in parts abstract, but remains at its core true to the motif whilst still being a personal interpretation of the subject. He endeavours to paint plein air whenever the weather allows.
‘Soft pastels continue to challenge and excite me on a daily basis, allowing me to continue to stretch myself creatively’.
The Artist Magazine –
“Pastel a beautiful medium” January 2017
“Pastels en plein air” March 2018
Painters online editors choice March 2020
“The Thrill of painting outdoors” May 2020
“Alternative inspiration” January 2022
“Flower compositions in pastel” February 2022
Plein Air Magazine [US]- front cover, Richard Suckling beyond the motif, May 2018
Practique Des Arts Magazine-Richard Suckling Impressions Colorees July 2021
Chapel Cottage Studio, Wales, next workshop July 2023
Norfolk Creative Arts, Norfolk, next workshop November 2023
Clevedon Art Club, Somerset
Mid Texas Pastel Society [ Zoom ]
Appalachian Pastel Society, USA [ Zoom]
Tustin Art League, USA [ Zoom ]
Pastel Live 2022 Faculty member [ Broadcast worldwide from USA ]
Interview and Live Demo on Art School Live with Eric Rhoads
Simplify a scene in Pastel [ available to view on YouTube ] July 2022