Picardy was born in Montpillier, France and spent his early years living in southern France. He received his A.A. degree
from Silvermine College of Art in New Canaan, Connecticut and received his B.A. degree from San Jose State University, San
Jose, California. While still in school, Richard received the Connecticut State Scholastic Art award and was also commissioned
to do a series of Fall paintings of New England for a private art collector in Switzerland. After graduation he spent
the summer painting as he toured France. Richard's paintings have been featured in many "group"
and "one man" shows, including the Zigler Museum of Art. One of Richard's paintings was accepted to become
part of the museum's permanent collections. Richard was honored by becoming artist of the year for the City of Lake
Charles, Louisiana after one of his paintings was selected to be the 1991 "Contraband Days Festival" poster.
Many galleries have exhibited his paintings, including: The Tamauri Gallery, Tahiti; La Grand Pavois, France;
The Galerie Melacon, Lake Charles, Louisiana; The Colors Gallery, St. John's U.S.V.I.; and The WaterColor Gallery, Laguna
Richard's paintings have been
exhibited in many national and international juried shows in Washington D.C. and throughout the United States.
Art collectors (private, corporate, celebrity) throughout the United States (including Hawaii), Canada, Europe, Tahiti, Japan
and Hong Kong have acquired Richard's paintings for their collections.
Southern California is now home to Richard, where he resides and maintains a studio with his wife and two daughters.
Many of his paintings reveal his strong attraction for the lush tropics, for the beautiful California Coast and for the marine
life of those areas...