Richard March

Richard March has been interested in drawing and painting from an early age and although pursuing a career in civil engineering in various parts of the world he has managed to develop his talent for drawing and painting up to the present time.

At Birmingham University in the early 60's he was active in the Entertainments Committee and Guild Theatre Group where he was called upon to design and paint backdrops for large functions including Balls and Musical Entertainments. In the early 70's whilst working in Devon on construction projects he was involved in stage set painting for several plays and pantomimes for the local village drama society.

In 1977 he and his family left UK for Lusaka Zambia where in amongst serious engineering projects, over a period of four years, he managed to get involved in painting and design for several plays and musicals staged by Lusaka Theatre Club including a production attended by international representatives at the Commonwealth Conference. In 1980 the family moved to Athens where, when time permitted, he took up oil painting and outdoor sketching of local scenery.

In 1984 the family moved yet again this time to Manama in the State of Bahrain where they were able to continue their long association with expatriate theatre clubs. Over a period of fifteen years Richard was involved as set painter and designer in over thirty stage productions. During this time he produced large numbers of cartoons which were published in the Gulf Daily News. In 2000 prior to finally returning to the UK he published a book of cartoons from the GDN a copy of which is in the Broadstone Art Society library.

On return to UK Richard was initially a member of both PEDAS and Poole Leisure Painters. In 2004 he joined Broadstone Art Society and was appointed Exhibition Organiser for three years. He has been a regular exhibiter at BAS exhibitions since that time, submitting watercolours and oil paintings. He is a regular supporter of BAS Summer (outdoor) Programme.

Richard is a member of Poole U3A and for the last eight years has been the leader of the weekly Drawing and Sketching Class held at Broadstone Methodist Church.