Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions – FAQ: The following is a list of some of the more common frequently asked questions (FAQ) regarding my fine art oil paintings, sketches, pastels and prints. If your question isn’t answered here or my explanation and the information given is unclear, please ask for help or assistance…:

How do I place an order? – See my How to Order page or contact me either by e mail or telephone to arrange payment and delivery. Wholesale and trade prices are available for galleries and other art related businesses.

Do you accept commissions? – Occasionally, though I’m extremely fussy and busy. It really depends upon on the subject. Details are on my Commissions page. It’s best to Contact me and discuss in more detail.

Do you support charities? – Yes, I’ve previously donated originals, prints and conducted a Charity Exhibition with all proceeds going to charity. I will certainly consider any request, especially for a good cause such as those associated with illness, animals and children.

Do you lease or loan artwork? – I would consider this on a case by case basis.

How did you get first get interested in painting? I’ve been interested in drawing and painting since I was a very, very young boy and won my first art competition aged 10. I was a prolific sketcher and painter at school.

Are you a self taught Artist or do you have any formal training? I am entirely self taught since my art A level which I passed aged 16.

Do you accept students? – No. I am occasionally happy to give the odd lesson, guidance or advice however.

Do you exhibit? – Yes. Details are on my Exhibitions page and I’ll consider any proposal or request on a case by case basis.

Do you allow copyright use? – Yes. Details are on my Image Use page and I’ll consider any request on a case by case basis.

Where do you get your inspiration? – From the Old Masters, live stage performances, films, TV, books, magazines, my photographer friends, the internet and life…

Can you give me advice about my artwork? – These are common Frequently Asked Questions – FAQ and I try to answer all specific questions on a case by case basis, so feel free to ask, though there’s no guarantee I’ll be able to help… This interview and some of the Publications featuring myself and my artwork may give you a few tips from my perspective though. In the meantime and as I said in one of the interviews, if I had to give just 10 tips to an aspiring Artist, here’s what I’d probably say:

  1. Practice with many styles and techniques until you find one or more that you are happy with, then develop it / them over time.
  2. Critique your own artwork. Take a break following completion , then study it in peace and try to identify the two most important aspects that should be improved upon in the next painting and how you will try to achieve this. Also, the two most important aspects that you got right and should be repeated.
  3. Don’t revisit a painting to make major corrections or changes. Move on and incorporate improvements in your next painting.
  4. Study the artwork of others that you like. Identify specifically what exactly it is that you like about it and how it was achieved. Try to replicate the effect in your artwork. Try also to find something about it that you feel could have been done better, however minor.
  5. Have a time budget for your artwork and try to stick to it.
  6. Don’t create artwork when you are not motivated.
  7. Take a break every few hours or when tired and relax. Rest your eyes.
  8. Strive for perfection, though you will never achieve it.
  9. Don’t put down your artwork to possible buyers or galleries or point out what you think are mistakes or areas that could have been done better. Emphasise your inspiration, meanings, goals and the successful aspects.
  10. Be always on the lookout for inspiration in life and the many media around. Collect ideas and reference material in any form that have something about them that you like and use them to plan and create your own future artwork, though don’t copy anything without permission!

How do you achieve such results with a knife – Luck, lots of it. And the more I practice, the luckier I get. If I tell you any more than this I will have to kill you, you do realize…

How would you describe your artwork? – Traditional, classical realism with a hint of contemporary expressionism thrown in…

Which Artist is your biggest inspiration and influence? – William Bouguereau, by far. He was THE Master, for me…

Who do you most admire? – My Mum. I miss her to bits. She was an absolute workhorse, a tiger as her sister once told me, with a heart of pure gold who is now rummaging around in the great market in the sky, sipping Advocaat at Xmas. RIP Mum…

Would you like your artwork to be described as modern, cutting edge? – Absolutely not. There’s no ‘shock and awe’ in my artwork…

How can I see your artwork? – Visit my studio, my upcoming Exhibitions, galleries and venues that have originals or prints on display. See also my Representation page.

May I use an image of your artwork? – It depends upon what for and all requests are considered in a case by case basis. Details are on my Image Use page and I’ll consider any request on a case by case basis.

May I represent you? – It depends upon who you are, the type of representation you are able to offer and your proposed terms, so please Contact me along with details.

Where is your studio? – Unfortunately, within a segregated section of my home at the moment, though I’m planning to get one as soon as I can afford it.

What guarantees do you offer? – I have an unconditional returns policy and provide a one year warranty. Full details are provided in my Terms and Conditions page.

Do you have a brochure, blog or newsletter? – I just don’t have the time for a newsletter, though my website is now blog style and I also have a basic Tumblr blog, and post to my Facebook Page occasionally, I update my website frequently and I answer all Frequently Asked Questions – FAQ by email. My website is my brochure!

Do you have a mailing list? – Yes. Please sign up to receive promotional offers and details of upcoming events. No more than one email per month.

Who created and maintains your website? – Me, though I realize it’s quite basic, as I’m an Artist not a web designer. I’m not interested in any fancy graphics, though I’d like better search engine optimization, RSS feeds and a few features that are beyond me if anyone out there is willing to help me for a few free prints and some recognition…

I have a painting that is signed R Young, did you paint it? – Please send me a photo of it and I’ll let you know.

Do you export? – Yes. Around half of my artwork sells outside of the UK and mostly to the USA and Asia.

What form of payment do you accept? – Bank transfer, credit card, Paypal, cheque and cash, in that order of preference.

How long will it take to arrive? – I usually dispatch within 2 or 3 working days, though if framing is involved, or if I’m travelling at the time of order, it may take a little longer. I always advise more specifically upon receipt of an inquiry.

May I pay by instalments? – Yes, and I will reserve the artwork following the initial payment.

Would you consider offers on an original? – I would consider it, though cannot guarantee that I would accept. Try me…

What is your returns policy? – 14 days unconditional… Full details are provided in my Terms and Conditions page.

Is the artwork insured during shipment? – Yes, 100%.

How is the artwork packed? – Details are given in my how to order page.

Which postal service do you use? – The UK’s Royal Mail for prints and DHL or the UK’s Parcel Force for originals. I also occasionally use other couriers for international shipments.

Are your prices all inclusive of taxes / VAT? – Yes, they are inclusive of all UK taxes and VAT. Any import taxes or customs duties in a receiving country are the buyer’s responsibility though.

Do you license the use of your artwork images? – Yes. Details are on my Image Use page and I’ll consider any request on a case by case basis.

Can you produce custom sized prints? – Yes. Please Contact me with details of your requirements.

Can I buy a pastel unframed? – Yes, though care is needed when handling as they are sensitive, even though they are sealed, and I discount the frame cost. Please Contact me along with details.

Can I buy an oil painting unframed? – Yes. All oil paintings are usually supplied framed, though I also recommend buyers to arrange this via a local bespoke framer in order that they may personally choose frame colours and designs to match their home decor and personal preferences. I will then discount the framing and reduced postage and packing charges.

Do you paint entirely using a knife? – Yes, for all new artwork since 2004. 100% Entirely…

Why then do you paint entirely using a knife? – Because I was wearing out at least one brush per painting and they were taking ages to clean and maintain, whereas a knife simply wipes clean and lasts for around 20 to 30 paintings before wearing out…

Do you ever allow other Artists to produce paintings for you? – No, never. Absolutely not. It’s unethical. Though be very careful, as some very famous Artists such as Damien Hirst reportedly do.

Are your artwork and images of your artwork copyright protected? – Yes. And I will take legal action against anyone who violates this without my prior written approval.

Do you ever reproduce artwork that has sold? – No, though be very careful, as some very famous Artists produce almost identical copies of their artwork which proportionately diminishes the value as a minimum.

Are you able to print on different media? – Yes, I can do, though it may take longer to prepare it, especially if I don’t carry stock. Please Contact me along with details.

Do you sign all your artwork? – Yes, always.

Do you do interviews? – Occasionally: See this interview and this interview as examples, though I’m not great at them. If you represent a body who wishes to conduct one, please Contact me to discuss the details.

Exactly what do the press say? – Please take a look at the press images on my Publications page, in addition to the above referenced interviews.

What do other artists and the public say in their Frequently Asked Questions – FAQ? – Please take a look at websites where I post my artwork for critique such as Deviant Art, Red Bubble and others.

Can you provide references? – Yes, certainly. My Testimonials are 100% genuine and I’ll happily put you in direct touch with galleries, artists, buyers and collectors who can vouch for me. Please Contact me to discuss the details.

My Facebook Page also contains lots more information about myself and artwork.

What gadget must you have? – My Samsung smartphone, tablet and Fitbit.

What gadget would you like to own? – A Bentley…!

Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ. Richard on his beautiful Ducati 1098 in Stalag Al Hada, Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia in 2008 dreaming of the Great Escape
Richard on his beautiful Ducati 1098 in Stalag Al Hada, Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia in 2008 dreaming of the Great Escape

What gadget do you miss? – My Ducati 1098 motorcycle. It was so exhilarating, wild fun and I became totally anonymous: Ageless, sexless, raceless, colourless. Everything. As I am in my mind, soul and dreams. The art of my Ducati and my artwork was all a part of my Great Escape plan. I escaped from my consulting work, along with conformism, responsibility and the dreaded inevitability of growing older…

Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ. Richard on his bike in 1964 ages 3 at Granville Street, Cutsyke, Castleford, Yorkshire
Richard on his bike in 1964 ages 3 at Granville Street, Cutsyke, Castleford, Yorkshire

Have you always been a biker? – Yep…

Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ. My beautiful 1098 Ducati motorcycle parked in my spare room 2009
My beautiful 1098 Ducati motorcycle parked in my spare room 2009

Why a Ducati 1098 motorcycle? – Because it’s a work of art. Sure, Japanese and British motorcycles are much cheaper, but that’s not the point. My Ducati 1098 was beautiful. The most beautiful motorcycle on the road for many years in my opinion and that’s exactly what matters the most to me. Price should not be the main determining factor when purchasing anything where quality, appearance and performance is important.

Why did you park your Ducati 1098 motorcycle in your  sitting room at night? – Because I couldn’t get it into my bedroom of course!

Are you motivated by money? – Good Frequently Asked Questions – FAQ: Only if there are lots of zeros to the right…

Who really shot JFK? – I ask this question myself quite frequently. Some say it was an elaborate suicide, though I think Jackie may have done it to claim the insurance and pay for her lavish lifestyle!

I can’t find and answer to my Frequently Asked Questions – FAQ anywhere here or within your website? – Please Contact  me and ask…

“Imagination is more important then knowledge…” – Albert Einstein