An artist since he held a crayon. A sculptor since playdoh and a multimedia artist since his first flashlight. Given a tape recorder as a child, he began recording his stories and interviews, detective shows, and newscasts. He learned poetry at his mother Dorothy’s knee and found his own voice in his early teens.
He studied with Mixed Media Artist Mel Tanner who’s art used overhead projectors, opaque projectors coherent light polarized light, and the “liquid effects” of the typical psychedelic light show of the sixties.
Mel Tanner also created Plexiglas or “Lucite” sculptures which, transparent and opaque and translucent, cubes, spheres, cones, pyramids; pulsed in response to the music. Richard later joined the planetarium media staff at the Buehler Planetarium at Broward Community College, then the Miami Space Transit Planetarium as a multimedia artist and planetarium “Star Machine” operator.
Then he “hit the light show road” first with Kenvin Lyman, (The Utah Kid) who had earned a “Doctor of Lumia” at the Sorbonne. Kenvin had done his doctorate on the history of multimedia arts and had traced Light Shows back to performances in Mozart’s time when artists combined fabric, lenses, and candles to create fields of dancing color and shape. Richard was then hired as an assistant Laser Artist by Laser Images, of Van Nuys, and then Chief Artist and Technical Producer with Laser Productions of Miami.
Richard learned programming on the primitive early first generations of computers, designing Laser Light Effects. Later working with early Atari and Amiga graphics he produced early commercial graphics in basic and machine language. After producing an Animation for “Club Nu” an early nightspot on South Beach, Richard was hired to teach visualization graphics technology to architects and engineers. Utilizing the first generation of image editing and photo touch-up.
After winning the third poetry competition in Coconut Grove, Florida he was introduced to a radio producer. Richard was invited to write a live radio comedy. He titled it “Martian Ambassador, and the Captured Chorus”, a skit comedy show with 90% original written comedy and 10 percent classic material re-purposed for radio from the likes of Sam Clemens, O Henry, Robert Benchley, and William Blake, with the help of a team of talented actors the Live Hour of science fiction comedy became a Public Radio Classic. When “Martian Ambassador” completed it’s six-month run its replacement show, Pandemonium, invited the “Martian Ambassador, (Richard) to continue writing, directing, and performing during its 15 years run on WLRN FM, in Miami. He has published two volumes of short stories “Two small Windows in a pair of mirror doors”, and a companion volume three years later titled “Between the Silences”.Richard continues to write and perform both in digital print and in virtual space. His webcast PNN, founded back in 2011, has each week brought human rights and environmental activists into the studio to discuss their work to make this a better healthier, and more compassionate world over the years at least one a month, an art night brings artists, writers, musicians, and dancers, to talk about their work. The story-telling continues.
I am so fascinated by photography and it’s capability to bring your imagination to amazing places. Early on, I fell in love with the idea of filming my own productions, so I set out to learn everything I could.
I have been teaching myself filmmaking for the past four and a half years and I’m still learning every day. I am building my business as a freelance filmmaker, as well as working on my own photo shoots.