Richard Tratt is a painter of British landscape and wildlife. As a young boy he developed a consuming interest in Natural History, with a particular fascination for butterflies and moths. He began painting in his teens, and attended Northwich College of Art, Cheshire, and Dartington College of Arts, Devon (1970-
Richard spends a great deal of time observing and sketching his subjects in their environment. Most of his wildlife paintings are finished in the studio, but much of his landscape work is painted outdoors. He works mainly in oils on canvas. Richard has been painting full time since 1979, and was elected a member of The Society of Wildlife Artists (SWLA) in 1981, and The Society of Botanical Artists (SBA) in 1986. He now lives at Fordingbridge, Hampshire, on the northern edge of the New Forest.
Richards abstracted landscapes mark a change in direction for this Hampshire based artist. After 50 years of painting, he has moved into the contemporary arena using his built up knowledge from a lifetime of figurative painting. This imaginative and dynamic style combines palette knife, brushwork and glazing to give a unique strength to each work.
“ I use the vibrant qualities of light and atmosphere to bring to life the magic within the landscape. The freedom of abstraction enables me to evoke an interplay between realism and pure artistic invention. In the process of working, I am able to embrace the pure enjoyment of shape and colour”.