Richard A Hughes

Bullfinch on golden yellow
Bullfinch on golden yellow

Richard A Hughes is a painter based in Wales. His beautiful portraits of birds strike an exquisite balance between life-like detail contrasted with bold solid dynamic colours.

Prints of his work as well as the original prints themselves are available to buy on his Etsy shop.

Huge thanks to Richard for sharing his art insights with us! Before jumping into his interview below, check out his fantastic portfolio on his website.

Olive thrush on turquoise
Canary on grey
Olive thrush on turquoise, Canary on grey

Artist Interview

What's the latest piece of art that you have put out into the world?

I’ve just made a lino print based on my painting of a bluebird. Most of the time I’m a painter but I like to work in lots of mediums. My work usually begins digitally but ends with something physical.


What drives you to keep creating?

I love getting lost in the details of making a new painting. Though my work is quite realistic it’s like making lots of abstract images close up.
I’ve been painting for a long time but I’ve just switched from my previous career as a designer. I find that working even when I’m not in the mood is the best way to draw out my love for it. I just keep going until I’m in a happy place and once I’ve made something I’m pleased with it’s always a great feeling.


Is there another artist's work that you would recommend, and why?

There are so many. The wonders of social mean it’s really hard to pick.
My friend Elin is just starting out and is making some really lovely work
Frank Duffy's lino cuts are lush, they make some beautiful prints:
I love Sera Wyn’s work - each piece is really individual and it’s made with lovely processes.
One of my favourite established artists is James Jean his paintings are beautiful and inspirational.


Do you have any advice for creators that are just starting out?

Make, make, make. Copy everything you love. You will naturally make art that is in your own style once you’ve made enough work. Remember you don’t have to show everything so there’s nothing to lose. Don’t be precious, make it and let it go.


Where can we find your work?

I'm on twitter @richardahughes but mostly on Instagram and my Etsy shop.



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