About Richard Seekins
I am a self-taught artist, born in Morley in 1965. My first introduction to art was at a very early age. My Mother worked as a life model at Batley College of Art and often took me along and I would sit with my own paper and paints.
Throughout school art was always my favourite subject and one of the few I excelled in but on leaving school my interest moved to photography. This became my main hobby for many years and in 1999 I did a City & Guilds in Photography at Dewsbury College passing with distinction. This led to a part time career in photography doing weddings, model and catalogue shoots for five years.
My passion for art was rekindled in 2013, starting with a pencil drawing of my wife’s late Father. With a little encouragement I dusted off my watercolours and began to paint, moving on to experiment with acrylics before finally moving to oils. I now paint in all three media depending on the subject I am painting and enjoy the challenges and effects that the different mediums provide.
Art has now become my passion. My time as a photographer has given me an exceptional eye for detail, colours, contrast and composition and these are reflected in my paintings.
I have always preferred to paint people and nature and feel I have a rare ability to capture a likeness which has led to me doing commissioned portraits.