Richard Cole was born in Edmonton, Alberta in 1968. After graduating from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 1991, where he studied oil painting, he started a business as a decorative finisher and mural artist. He became involved with design, working with interior designers and architects. Cole was considered the most sought after decorative painter in Canada by Western Living Magazine.
Richard’s work celebrates the vast spaces of Alberta's prairielands and the natural beauty of BC’s West Coast, sometimes across the expanse of a canola field in bloom or down the long view of a reach of the Fraser River framed by trees and sky. But his work also celebrates small moments that mark the changing of seasons: bright clover against new grass, the colours of wheat, apple blossoms against the bare branches from which they grew.
"I am inspired by the wonders of the changing landscape, And I try to paint the intangible" - Richard Cole