Born in New York City, Richard demonstrated a remarkable amount of creativity as a child. With great sensitivity he spent endless hours sketching, modeling clay and carving wooden figures. Summers were spent at the family farm in Pennsylvania where he enjoyed constant discovery and complete freedom to explore all forms of art. Here he uncovered a rich source of material to use for his sculpting. When Richard was 12 he vacationed with the family in the West, visiting Indian reservations and historical ruins. The rugged West and all its scenic beauty filled him with awe and wonder and he vowed he would return.
After High School, he served in the military where he was a member of the Special Services in Japan. Here he was assigned to do all types of artwork. Many of his murals are still intact there. After the military he did return west and earned his BA degree in Fine Arts at the Brigham Young University in Utah. He was the first bronze sculptor at the University and later became an instructor.
He returned to New York City where under the guidance of famed sculptor, John Havenos, he took advanced studies at the Art Students League. He also studied at the Sculptor Center, the American Art School, the Marine Art and Portrait Center and the Salmagundi Club. While in the East he worked as an art director for Jas. H. Matthews Co. In 1970 he moved to California where he began his professional sculpting career. Among notable collectors who own his bronzes are former Presidents Reagan and Ford, Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and Wayne Newton.
A member of the American Indian and Cowboy Artists, Richard has exhibited in many prestigious art shows and galleries. He has done professional design work for a number of firms including Walt Disney Studios and a life-size model of a bear fighting a bull for the Tokyo Stock Exchange. He received a commission for a 3-8 ft. heroic bronze for a memorial park in Illinois. The bronze marker for John Wayne’s unmarked grave in Newport, CA was also done by Richard. He also completed an 8 ft. bronze of Frank Miller, founder of the Mission Inn at Riverside, CA.
His most recent bronzes have been commissioned by local communities. For Glendora he made a 5 ft. bronze owl which was placed over the fountain at Citrus College. Recently the city of Duarte unveiled a bronze plaque of Glenn Miller, which was placed in their city park.
Richard and his wife, Maurine own Rossmyer Gallery in Glendora, CA.